Real World Speed
Performance profile from 35,155 user samples
1,747 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 71% 1GB free
Poor: 71% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 10th / 979
33,408 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 1TB free
Worst Bench: 61% 884GB free
Poor: 61% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 33rd / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
97.2 % Slightly faster effective speed.
89.2 % -9%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
172 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
161 MB/s -7%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
167 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
150 MB/s -11%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.92 MB/s Much faster random read.
0.66 MB/s -39%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.87 MB/s Faster random write.
1.53 MB/s -22%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
153 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
137 MB/s -12%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.21 MB/s -19% 0.25 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s +0% 200 MB/s -0%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
195 MB/s +5% 186 MB/s -5%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.16 MB/s Faster peak random read.
0.98 MB/s -18%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.32 MB/s Faster peak random write.
1.84 MB/s -26%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
181 MB/s +3% 176 MB/s -3%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s -56% 0.39 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
Market Share
Based on 4,061,950 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.22 % -514% 1.35 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
85.1 % -11% 94.8 % Slightly better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
59 % -10% 65 % Slightly more popular.
Price (score)
$66 Cheaper.
$81 -19%
19 Months Much more recent.
68 Months -72%

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]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 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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