Real World Speed
Performance profile from 21,159 user samples
8,538 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 47% 1.5TB free
Poor: 47% Great: 97%
SPEED RANK: 106th / 995
12,621 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 74% 225GB free
Poor: 74% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 14th / 995
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
74.9 % 95.4 % Faster effective speed.
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
133 MB/s 174 MB/s Much faster read speed.
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
128 MB/s 159 MB/s Faster write speed.
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.76 MB/s Faster random read.
0.65 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.14 MB/s Much faster random write.
1.52 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
119 MB/s 154 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.23 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
0.2 MB/s
Peak Sequential Read Speed
180 MB/s 202 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
Peak Sequential Write Speed
167 MB/s 185 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.97 MB/s Faster peak random read.
0.81 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.67 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
1.83 MB/s
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
156 MB/s 179 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
0.25 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 8,299,772 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.22 % 0.41 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
86 % 103 % Better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
57 % 83 % Much more popular.
Price (score)
$75 Slightly cheaper.
31 Months 18 Months Much more recent.

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]


Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 2018 HDD Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current cost per GB to yield value for money. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top HDDs. [HDrivePro]


Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Fastest effective speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance, price and capacity.
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  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
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  • - Checks include: 4k Align, NCQ, TRIM, SATA, USB & S.M.A.R.T.
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