Real World Speed
Performance profile from 269,095 user samples
265,052 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 247GB free
Worst Bench: 64% 192GB free
Poor: 64% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 984
4,043 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 80% 1.5TB free
Poor: 80% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 8th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.8 % -11% 97.7 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+11%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s -13% 179 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+13%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s -10% 162 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+10%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.89 MB/s Much faster random read.
+33%
0.67 MB/s -33%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.21 MB/s Much faster random write.
+44%
1.54 MB/s -44%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
136 MB/s -15% 157 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+15%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+33%
0.21 MB/s -33%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
200 MB/s -1% 202 MB/s +1%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
180 MB/s -4% 187 MB/s +4%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.31 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+62%
0.81 MB/s -62%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.8 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+51%
1.85 MB/s -51%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
166 MB/s -8% 179 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+8%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+48%
0.25 MB/s -48%
Market Share
Based on 5,032,629 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
10.7 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,334%
0.44 % -2,334%
Value
Value For Money
51.3 % -113% 109 % Hugely better value.
+113%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
72 % -12% 81 % Slightly more popular.
+12%
Price
Price (score)
$49 Much cheaper.
+36%
$77 -36%
Age
Newest
62 Months -82% 11 Months Hugely more recent.
+82%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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This is the latest version of Western Digital's mid-range Blue drive. At only one year of age this drive is relatively new and the performance figures reflect this. With maximum sequential speeds of 180 MB/s (both read and write) the Blue is amongst the faster drives currently available and in terms of real world performance it beats its predecessor the 2010 Blue (WD10EALS) by around 18%. The 2012 Blue has a single 1TB platter which combined with its 7200 rotation speed allow for above average performance across the board. In terms of value for money a larger capacity drive will nearly always be a better choice but within the 1TB category as a system drive, the 2012 Blue is a very reasonable, if not the best, option. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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The new 3TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST3000DM008) replaces its hugely successful predecessor, the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 2011 (ST3000DM001). Comparing performance between the two models shows that the newer drive has 12% faster sequential speeds, comparable 4K speeds, improved mixed sequential speed and reduced mixed 4K speed. Overall, the effective speed is 12% faster on the 2016 model. Since there is normally little price difference between the two models the 2016 version is the clear winner especially for use as a backup drive with its impressive sequential read and write speeds of nearly 200 MBps. See the current value leaders here[Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) August 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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Intel Core i7-7700K $315Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $90
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $300AMD RX 480 $265Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $117
Intel Core i5-7600K $235Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $270Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $150
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $718SanDisk Extreme 64GB $45
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $77Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $140SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $57HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $140SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $13
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