Real World Speed
Performance profile from 2344 user samples
686 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 95% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 32% 2TB free
Worst: 32% Best: 95%
SPEED RANK: 98th / 919
1658 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 98% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 33% 46GB free
Worst: 33% Best: 98%
SPEED RANK: 124th / 919
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
65.5 % Slightly faster effective speed.
62 % -6%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
117 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
111 MB/s -5%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
111 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
105 MB/s -6%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.63 MB/s -3% 0.65 MB/s +3%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.99 MB/s +3% 1.93 MB/s -3%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
100 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
90.7 MB/s -10%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.23 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
0.21 MB/s -10%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
149 MB/s -6%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
143 MB/s +4% 138 MB/s -4%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.89 MB/s -3% 0.92 MB/s +3%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.62 MB/s +2% 2.58 MB/s -2%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
134 MB/s +3% 130 MB/s -3%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.29 MB/s +4% 0.28 MB/s -4%
Value For Money
65 % -41% 91.6 % Much better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
59 % +4% 57 % -4%
Price (score)
$119 -33% $80 Much cheaper.
36 Months More recent.
51 Months -29%

With peak sequential read/write speeds of 140 and averages of 120 MB/s the 3TB WD Red is around 25% slower than the group leaders. If the Red is used in a NAS (Network Attached Storage), that won't make much difference because the vast majority of home networks still operate at Fast Ethernet (~10 MB/s), even users with faster Gigabit (~100 MB/s) networks will be limited by their network bandwidth before the drive. I could assume that any of our drives are for use in a NAS but that of course doesn't excuse sub-par performance because they could equally be used in a desktop. It's true that the power consumption (4.4W) on the Red is lower than average (6W) but the performance hit isn't justified. Even assuming continuous usage, those extra couple of watts for something like the Seagate Baracuda 7200.14 amount to a few pounds a year at most. At £133 this dive is both overpriced and offers sub-optimal performance. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]


Compared to the Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB there are no tangible upsides to this drive. The ONLY benefit seems to be a 2W power saving whilst the drive is active. [Nov '12 HDrivePro]


Hard Drive User Rankings (Charts) July 2015 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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The Best.
SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 32GBSamsung 850 Pro 256GBIntel Core i7-4790KWD Black 1TB (2013)Nvidia GTX 970
SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 64GBSamsung 850 Evo 250GBIntel Core i5-4690KSeagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TBNvidia GTX 980
SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GBSamsung 840 Evo 250GBIntel Core i7-5820KSeagate Desktop SSHD 2TBNvidia GTX 980 Ti
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