Real World Speed
Performance profile from 290,437 user samples
277,533 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 622GB free
Worst Bench: 63% 285GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 42nd / 984
12,904 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 59% 1.5TB free
Poor: 59% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 33rd / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.5 % -2% 88.9 % +2%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s 0% 159 MB/s 0%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s -3% 151 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.89 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+6%
0.84 MB/s -6%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.19 MB/s Faster random write.
+22%
1.79 MB/s -22%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
136 MB/s -3% 140 MB/s +3%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+40%
0.2 MB/s -40%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
197 MB/s 0% 197 MB/s 0%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
180 MB/s -5% 189 MB/s +5%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.3 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+15%
1.13 MB/s -15%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.83 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+27%
2.23 MB/s -27%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
166 MB/s -6% 176 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+6%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+54%
0.24 MB/s -54%
Market Share
Based on 5,373,028 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
10.4 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,702%
0.58 % -1,702%
Value
Value For Money
53.1 % -106% 109 % Hugely better value.
+106%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
71 % More popular.
+20%
59 % -20%
Price
Price (score)
$47 Much cheaper.
+33%
$70 -33%
Age
Newest
63 Months -11% 56 Months Slightly more recent.
+11%
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 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300 is 3.5" desktop hard drive. Like its 2TB sibling, the DT01ACA300 sports a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and has a relatively low peak/idle power draw of 6.4/5.2 Watts. With peak sequential read/write speeds of 197/183 MBps and peak 4k read/write speeds of 1.17/2.19 Mbps the 3TB DT01ACA300 achieves an effective speed of 143 MBps which places the DT01ACA300 amongst the top handful of 3TB drives. Pricing of the DT01ACA300 is also very aggressive which makes the DT01ACA300 a superb value proposition. Comparing the DT01ACA300 and Barracuda shows that the DT01ACA300 is marginally faster but also slightly more expensive. [Nov '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 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 $325Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $95
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $270AMD RX 480 $350Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $119
Intel Core i5-7600K $230Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $265Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $149
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $724SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $77Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $152SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $57HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $144SanDisk Extreme 16GB $20
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