Real World Speed
Performance profile from 3,285 user samples
763 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 3.5TB free
Poor: 59% Great: 99%
SPEED RANK: 58th / 979
2,522 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 74% 760GB free
Poor: 74% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 12th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
82.2 % -16% 95.2 % Faster effective speed.
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
144 MB/s -19% 172 MB/s Faster read speed.
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
142 MB/s -13% 160 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
2.21 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
0.86 MB/s -157%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.98 MB/s Much faster random write.
1.52 MB/s -30%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
130 MB/s -5% 136 MB/s +5%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s -4% 0.29 MB/s +4%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
174 MB/s -13% 197 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
Peak Sequential Write Speed
173 MB/s -8% 186 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
4.56 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
1.05 MB/s -334%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.32 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
1.77 MB/s -31%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
164 MB/s 0% 164 MB/s 0%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.35 MB/s +3% 0.34 MB/s -3%
Market Share
Based on 3,464,916 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.1 % -900% 1 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
75.1 % Much better value.
54.6 % -37%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % -50% 90 % Much more popular.
Price (score)
$126 -60% $50 Much cheaper.
28 Months -79% 6 Months Much more recent.

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]


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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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
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