Real World Speed
Performance profile from 8,559 user samples
353 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 131% 4.5TB free
Worst Bench: 90% 961GB free
Poor: 90% Great: 131%
SPEED RANK: 1st / 979
8,206 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% 5TB free
Worst Bench: 52% 2TB free
Poor: 52% Great: 97%
SPEED RANK: 77th / 979
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
113 % Much faster effective speed.
78.3 % -44%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
177 MB/s Faster read speed.
143 MB/s -24%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
216 MB/s Much faster write speed.
130 MB/s -66%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
4.3 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
0.6 MB/s -617%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.67 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
1.35 MB/s -98%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
168 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
123 MB/s -37%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.3 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
0.19 MB/s -58%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
217 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
179 MB/s -21%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
248 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
163 MB/s -52%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
7.38 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
0.74 MB/s -897%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.28 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
1.9 MB/s -73%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
207 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
154 MB/s -34%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.4 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
0.26 MB/s -54%
Market Share
Based on 4,352,456 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.06 % -617% 0.43 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
33.9 % -150% 84.8 % Hugely better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
70 % More popular.
54 % -30%
Price (score)
$574 -82% $106 Hugely cheaper.
24 Months Much more recent.
52 Months -54%

This is Seagate's most recent hard drive and their first 4TB consumer offering. With a rotational speed of just 5,900 RPM it's significantly slower than the 7,200 RPM Barracudas that it supersedes. The lower rotational speed results in approximately 10% slower sequential transfer speeds and longer access times which make this drive less suitable for use as a system drive. With peak 4k read/write speeds of 0.76/1.2 MB/s the 4TB HDD.15 lags the group leaders significantly. The HDD.15 is a far better candidate for use in a NAS (Network Attached Storage) where factors such as power consumption and cost per GB are more important than outright speeds. To conclude, the HDD.15 has a relatively disappointing small file 4K performance profile but it does offer a huge amount of storage at a very competitive price which makes it a good candidate for use in a NAS. [Aug '13 HDrivePro]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) June 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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