Real World Speed
Performance profile from 66,690 user samples
1,049 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 98% 4TB free
Worst Bench: 56% 963GB free
Poor: 56% Great: 98%
SPEED RANK: 82nd / 1002
65,641 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 72% 156GB free
Poor: 72% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 20th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
80.9 % 92.9 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+15%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
145 MB/s 169 MB/s Faster read speed.
+17%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
137 MB/s 155 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+13%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.77 MB/s 0.8 MB/s +4%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.32 MB/s Much faster random write.
+52%
1.53 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
129 MB/s 134 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.25 MB/s 0.27 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+8%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
187 MB/s 197 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+5%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
168 MB/s 182 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+8%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.99 MB/s 1.04 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+5%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.84 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+58%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
157 MB/s 163 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.31 MB/s 0.33 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+6%
Market Share
Based on 9,220,501 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.02 % 2.61 % Insanely higher market share.
+12,950%
Value
Value For Money
103 % Much better value.
+72%
60.2 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
53 % 102 % Hugely more popular.
+92%
Price
Price (score)
$135 $44 Much cheaper.
+67%
Age
Newest
33 Months 20 Months Much more recent.
+39%
Capacity
Capacity
6TB 1TB
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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST1000DM010) has an impressive performance profile. With Sequential read/writes averaging 173 and 159 MBps respectively, the Barracuda can make short work of even moderately large backups. The small file (4K) performance profile is less impressive but still adequate with average read/writes coming in at 0.87 and 1.53 MBps respectively. For use as OS drives, rotational disks are quickly loosing market share to SSDs which offer orders of magnitude faster 4k read/write speeds. On the other hand cheap TLC based SSDs often have slower sustained write speeds than their rotational counterparts. Reasonably good overall performance can be achieved by using a TLC SSD to host the OS and a larger rotational drive such as the Barracuda for backups and media files. Larger capacity variants of this drive offer both better performance and better value for money. [Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 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]

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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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AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $167Nvidia GTX 1070 $447Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $95
Intel Core i7-8700K $320Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $300Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $139
Intel Core i7-7700K $285AMD RX 480 $300Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $163
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $44Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $180SanDisk Extreme 64GB $41
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $961SanDisk Extreme 32GB $30
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $60HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $226SanDisk Extreme 16GB $20
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