Real World Speed
Performance profile from 8,780 user samples
6,395 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 2.5TB free
Poor: 59% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 31st / 979
2,385 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 73% 760GB free
Poor: 73% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.5 % -6% 94.6 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+6%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
160 MB/s -7% 171 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+7%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
152 MB/s -5% 159 MB/s +5%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.84 MB/s -1% 0.85 MB/s +1%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.78 MB/s Faster random write.
+17%
1.52 MB/s -17%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
140 MB/s +4% 135 MB/s -4%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.2 MB/s -40% 0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+40%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
197 MB/s -1% 198 MB/s +1%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
189 MB/s +2% 185 MB/s -2%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.14 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+9%
1.05 MB/s -9%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.19 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+24%
1.77 MB/s -24%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
175 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+8%
162 MB/s -8%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.24 MB/s -42% 0.34 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+42%
Market Share
Based on 3,446,851 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.6 % -67% 1 % Much higher market share.
+67%
Value
Value For Money
96.4 % Much better value.
+77%
54.3 % -77%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
58 % -53% 89 % Much more popular.
+53%
Price
Price (score)
$80 -37% $50 Much cheaper.
+37%
Age
Newest
50 Months -88% 6 Months Hugely more recent.
+88%
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) March 2017 HDD Rankings.

Welcome to our consumer Hard Drive comparison. We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by cost per GB to yield value for money. Calculated values don't always tell the whole picture so we check them against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors and more to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. Share your opinion by voting. [HDrivePro]

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Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Download and run UserBenchMark (UBM).
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write and mixed IO.
  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the highest voted in class.
  • - Find the best upgrades.
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Intel Core i7-7700K $310AMD RX 480 $205Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $98
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $330Nvidia GTX 1070 $370Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $130
Intel Core i5-7600K $215Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $235Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $169
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 64GB $34
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $90G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $430SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $50Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $135SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $9
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