Real World Speed
Performance profile from 92,797 user samples
304 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 130% 5.5TB free
Worst Bench: 90% 4TB free
Poor: 90% Great: 130%
SPEED RANK: 1st / 979
92,493 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 62% 88GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 36th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
113 % Faster effective speed.
88.3 % -28%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
176 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
160 MB/s -10%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
218 MB/s Much faster write speed.
148 MB/s -47%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
4.37 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
0.63 MB/s -594%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.78 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
1.49 MB/s -87%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
169 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
136 MB/s -24%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.3 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
0.25 MB/s -20%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
216 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
202 MB/s -7%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
248 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
185 MB/s -34%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
7.49 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
0.95 MB/s -688%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.28 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
1.84 MB/s -78%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
212 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
175 MB/s -21%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.4 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
0.37 MB/s -8%
Market Share
Based on 3,740,914 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0 % -∞% 4.7 % Insanely higher market share.
Value For Money
70 % +4% 67.6 % -4%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
73 % More popular.
59 % -24%
Price (score)
$279 -73% $75 Much cheaper.
22 Months Much more recent.
67 Months -67%

If you are specifically looking for a 2TB Hard Drive, the Barracuda is both a solid performer and offers reasonable value for money. That said, It probably makes more sense to go for the 3TB version which, thanks to economies of scale, represents significantly better value for money. With the 3TB Barracuda you get 50% more storage and approximately the same performance for just 20% more money. [Sep '13 HDrivePro]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) April 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]

How Fast Is Your HDD? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute.

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
  • - 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.
  • - Share your opinion by voting.

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Intel Core i5-7600K $229AMD RX 480 $215Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $170
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $319Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $219Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $144
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