Real World Speed
Performance profile from 74,330 user samples
2,941 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 83% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 43% 74GB free
Poor: 43% Great: 83%
SPEED RANK: 161st / 1002
71,389 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 72% 4GB free
Poor: 72% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 20th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
65.4 % 93.2 % Much faster effective speed.
+42%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
112 MB/s 170 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+52%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
116 MB/s 155 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+34%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.52 MB/s 0.81 MB/s Much faster random read.
+56%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.92 MB/s Faster random write.
+25%
1.54 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
107 MB/s 136 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+27%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.21 MB/s 0.28 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+33%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
142 MB/s 196 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+38%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
150 MB/s 185 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+23%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s 1.04 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+32%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.5 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+40%
1.79 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
135 MB/s 165 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+22%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.27 MB/s 0.34 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+26%
Market Share
Based on 9,282,091 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.06 % 2.71 % Insanely higher market share.
+4,417%
Value
Value For Money
78.2 % Much better value.
+30%
60.1 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
57 % 102 % Much more popular.
+79%
Price
Price (score)
$48 $44 Slightly cheaper.
+7%
Age
Newest
46 Months 20 Months Much more recent.
+57%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

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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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  • 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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