Real World Speed
Performance profile from 65,402 user samples
17,270 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 111% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 47GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 111%
SPEED RANK: 25th / 984
48,132 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 704GB free
Worst Bench: 72% 599GB free
Poor: 72% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 15th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.8 % 93.2 % +4%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s 170 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+7%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
154 MB/s 155 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.84 MB/s +2% 0.82 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.77 MB/s Faster random write.
+16%
1.52 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
140 MB/s +4% 134 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.2 MB/s 0.27 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+35%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
197 MB/s +1% 196 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
193 MB/s +4% 186 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.13 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+10%
1.03 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.22 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+23%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
177 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+8%
164 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.24 MB/s 0.33 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+38%
Market Share
Based on 7,805,494 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.42 % 2.31 % Hugely higher market share.
+450%
Value
Value For Money
103 % Much better value.
+73%
59.6 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
61 % 100 % Much more popular.
+64%
Price
Price (score)
$75 $45 Much cheaper.
+40%
Age
Newest
61 Months 17 Months Much more recent.
+72%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 1TB
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The 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300 is 3.5" desktop hard drive. Like its 2TB sibling, the DT01ACA300 sports a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and has a relatively low peak/idle power draw of 6.4/5.2 Watts. With peak sequential read/write speeds of 197/183 MBps and peak 4k read/write speeds of 1.17/2.19 Mbps the 3TB DT01ACA300 achieves an effective speed of 143 MBps which places the DT01ACA300 amongst the top handful of 3TB drives. Pricing of the DT01ACA300 is also very aggressive which makes the DT01ACA300 a superb value proposition. Comparing the DT01ACA300 and Barracuda shows that the DT01ACA300 is marginally faster but also slightly more expensive. [Nov '14 HDrivePro]

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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST1000DM010) has an impressive performance profile. With Sequential read/writes averaging 173 and 159 MBps respectively, the Barracuda can make short work of even moderately large backups. The small file (4K) performance profile is less impressive but still adequate with average read/writes coming in at 0.87 and 1.53 MBps respectively. For use as OS drives, rotational disks are quickly loosing market share to SSDs which offer orders of magnitude faster 4k read/write speeds. On the other hand cheap TLC based SSDs often have slower sustained write speeds than their rotational counterparts. Reasonably good overall performance can be achieved by using a TLC SSD to host the OS and a larger rotational drive such as the Barracuda for backups and media files. Larger capacity variants of this drive offer both better performance and better value for money. [Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) February 2018 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]

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  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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Intel Core i7-8700K $330Nvidia GTX 1070 $430Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $88
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $185SanDisk Extreme 64GB $50
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