Real World Speed
Performance profile from 8,228 user samples
107 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 95% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 69% 794GB free
Poor: 69% Great: 95%
SPEED RANK: 66th / 983
8,121 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 110% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 74% 707GB free
Poor: 74% Great: 110%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 983
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
81.6 % -16% 94.9 % Faster effective speed.
+16%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
145 MB/s -19% 172 MB/s Faster read speed.
+19%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
139 MB/s -14% 159 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+14%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.73 MB/s -16% 0.85 MB/s Faster random read.
+16%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.91 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+89%
1.54 MB/s -89%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
134 MB/s -1% 136 MB/s +1%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.52 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+86%
0.28 MB/s -86%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
173 MB/s -15% 199 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+15%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
166 MB/s -12% 186 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+12%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.93 MB/s -13% 1.05 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+13%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.53 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+96%
1.8 MB/s -96%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
159 MB/s -6% 168 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+6%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.7 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+106%
0.34 MB/s -106%
Market Share
Based on 4,384,365 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0 % -∞% 1.47 % Insanely higher market share.
+∞%
Value
Value For Money
38.4 % -67% 64.1 % Much better value.
+67%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
48 % -88% 90 % Hugely more popular.
+88%
Price
Price (score)
$183 -77% $42 Much cheaper.
+77%
Age
Newest
61 Months -85% 9 Months Hugely more recent.
+85%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 1TB
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The WD Re is an enterprise grade Hard Drive which is able to handle up to 550 TB of data transfers per year. The Re drive has a solid performance profile but it only matches its significantly cheaper WD Black desktop counterpart. Both the Black and the Re have five year warranties and both drives are available in capacities up to 4TB. Comparing the 2013 2TB WD Black and the 3TB Re shows that the two drives have a similar performance profiles with effective speeds of around 130 MBps. Considering that the equivalent capacity black is around 15% cheaper there is, unsurprisingly, little incentive for most consumers to consider the enterprise Re. [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) June 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 $309Nvidia GTX 1070 $390Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $100
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $42Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $127SanDisk Extreme 64GB $45
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $83G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $696SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
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