Real World Speed
Performance profile from 298,470 user samples
11,260 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 88% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 47% 1.5TB free
Poor: 47% Great: 88%
SPEED RANK: 124th / 984
287,210 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 288GB free
Worst Bench: 65% 341GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 29th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
69.2 % 89.4 % Faster effective speed.
+29%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
126 MB/s 162 MB/s Faster read speed.
+29%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
115 MB/s 150 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+30%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.65 MB/s 0.67 MB/s +3%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.02 MB/s Faster random write.
+26%
1.6 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
0.22 MB/s 0.26 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+18%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
172 MB/s 197 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+15%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s 185 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+27%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.88 MB/s 1 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+14%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.55 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+28%
1.99 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
140 MB/s 176 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+26%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s 0.37 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+28%
Market Share
Based on 7,726,217 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.17 % 5.85 % Insanely higher market share.
+3,341%
Value
Value For Money
54.4 % Better value.
+16%
46.8 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
56 % 77 % Much more popular.
+38%
Price
Price (score)
$73 $55 Cheaper.
+25%
Age
Newest
67 Months Slightly more recent.
+11%
75 Months
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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The 2TB version of WD's Red NAS range of hard drives has a performance profile that is similar to that of its larger 3TB sibling. Both drives lag behind the group average significantly in terms of overall performance. With an average read speed of 108 MB/s the 2TB Red is 36% slower than the group leaders which manage an average of 147 MB/s. There is a huge amount of hype around the "NAS" aspects of these drives but there is very little substance in terms of specific characteristics that make this drive better suited to a NAS than any other. The obvious factors such as energy efficiency and operating temperature are only marginally improved on these drives. I would personally prefer one of the far better performing Seagate Barracudas as when looking at a direct comparison of the Barracuda vs the Red it's clear that the performance of the Barracuda is better across the board. [Feb '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) February 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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