Real World Speed
Performance profile from 419,954 user samples
53,762 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 68% 838GB free
Worst Bench: 34% 95GB free
Poor: 34% Great: 68%
SPEED RANK: 305th / 1002
366,192 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 904GB free
Worst Bench: 66% 775GB free
Poor: 66% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 34th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
52 % 88.9 % Much faster effective speed.
+71%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
93.6 MB/s 160 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+71%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
87.4 MB/s 150 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+72%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.54 MB/s 0.68 MB/s Faster random read.
+26%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.49 MB/s 1.57 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+5%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
79 MB/s 135 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+71%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.18 MB/s 0.26 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+44%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
125 MB/s 196 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+57%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
113 MB/s 187 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+65%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s 1.03 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+27%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.11 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+5%
2 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
110 MB/s 175 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+59%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.24 MB/s 0.37 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+54%
Market Share
Based on 9,220,319 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.56 % 6.36 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,036%
Value
Value For Money
43.8 % 46.4 % Slightly better value.
+6%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % 78 % Much more popular.
+44%
Price
Price (score)
$68 $55 Cheaper.
+19%
Age
Newest
85 Months 78 Months Slightly more recent.
+8%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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The Western Digital Green (EARX) was released approximately three years ago and proved to be an extremely popular hard drive. This drive has been benchmarked by our users far more than most, currently 118 samples, so we have a relatively large set of performance data from which we can infer robust performance characteristics. With sequential read/write Lab speeds hitting the 150 MB/s mark, and more importantly, average read/write UserBenchMark (UBM) figures of 125/117 MB/s the 2011 WD Green is no longer able to compete with the newer and in many cases larger platter (1TB) drives of today. Looking at a direct comparison between the EARX and, its direct successor, the EZRX shows that the newer 2012 EZRX outperforms by around 37% in real world tests and 18% in peak Lab tests. This additional performance comes at no extra cost and makes the newer EZRX a far better choice. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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The 1TB Barracuda 7200.14 boasts impressive peak sequential read/write Lab speeds of 195/193 MB/s. These best case burst speeds indicate what the Barracuda is capable of under Lab perfect test conditions. Our real world benchmarks have been sourced from hundreds of users and give a better sense of how well this drive actually performs on a day to day basis. The 1TB 7200.14 has an average UBM sequential read/write speed of 147 MB/s, which is a superb result, especially for a budget drive. With 4K random read/write speeds of 0.77/1.53 MB/s small file performance is also respectable making the 1TB Barracuda a very good all round performer. In terms of value for money the relatively small 1TB drive is not as good value as its larger 3TB sibling but in the 1 TB category this is one of the best value for money drives available. [Jan '14 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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