Real World Speed
Performance profile from 59,017 user samples
12,683 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 55% 3GB free
Poor: 55% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 36th / 984
46,334 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 57% 2.5TB free
Poor: 57% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 37th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.8 % +0% 87.7 % -0%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s -1% 158 MB/s +1%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
149 MB/s +1% 148 MB/s -1%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.84 MB/s Faster random read.
+29%
0.65 MB/s -29%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.74 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+13%
1.54 MB/s -13%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
139 MB/s +3% 135 MB/s -3%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.2 MB/s -25% 0.25 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+25%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
198 MB/s 0% 198 MB/s 0%
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.
+14%
1 MB/s -14%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.23 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+21%
1.84 MB/s -21%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
179 MB/s +3% 174 MB/s -3%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.24 MB/s -58% 0.38 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+58%
Market Share
Based on 5,761,319 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.37 % -357% 1.69 % Hugely higher market share.
+357%
Value
Value For Money
99.4 % -25% 124 % Better value.
+25%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % -12% 67 % Slightly more popular.
+12%
Price
Price (score)
$76 -20% $61 Cheaper.
+20%
Age
Newest
57 Months More recent.
+22%
73 Months -22%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 3TB
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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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This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) October 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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Intel Core i7-7700K $300Nvidia GTX 1070 $380Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $98
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $280AMD RX 480 $491Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $120
Intel Core i5-7600K $220Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $260Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $159
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $163SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $75G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $842SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $60Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $180SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $13
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