Real World Speed
Performance profile from 43,790 user samples
81 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 1TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 619GB free
Poor: 65% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 38th / 984
43,709 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 63% 111GB free
Poor: 63% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 34th / 984
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87.9 % -1% 88.9 % +1%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
160 MB/s -1% 161 MB/s +1%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s -2% 149 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s Faster random read.
+25%
0.65 MB/s -25%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.81 MB/s Much faster random write.
+79%
1.57 MB/s -79%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
138 MB/s +1% 137 MB/s -1%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.27 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+8%
0.25 MB/s -8%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
215 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+8%
200 MB/s -8%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
174 MB/s -6% 184 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+6%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.99 MB/s 0% 0.99 MB/s 0%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.33 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+81%
1.84 MB/s -81%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
166 MB/s -5% 175 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+5%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.35 MB/s -11% 0.39 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+11%
Market Share
Based on 5,372,853 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0 % -∞% 1.27 % Insanely higher market share.
+∞%
Value
Value For Money
44 % -176% 121 % Hugely better value.
+176%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % -12% 67 % Slightly more popular.
+12%
Price
Price (score)
$229 -72% $63 Much cheaper.
+72%
Age
Newest
38 Months Much more recent.
+47%
72 Months -47%
Capacity
Capacity
4TB 3TB
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The new 4TB WD Red Pro is an upgraded version of WD's popular Red NAS (Network Attached Storage). The Pro Reds have a rotation speed of 7200 RPM unlike their regular Red counterparts which are marketed as "IntelliPower" but actually spin at fixed speeds of 5400 or 5700 RPM depending on the exact model. Comparing the regular 3TB Red and the 4TB Pro shows that the pro version is significantly faster across the board. The biggest performance gains are seen in the small file 4K area and are a direct consequence of lower access times due to the higher rotation speed of the Pro Red. As well as offering better performance the Pro Reds have 5 year warranties vs 3 years on the regular Reds. Unfortunately it's not all good news as the Pro Red is priced around 50% higher than its regular Red sibling and thus currently represents average value for money at best. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

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This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 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 $325Nvidia GTX 1070 $410Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $88
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $270AMD RX 480 $350Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $119
Intel Core i5-7600K $230Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $265Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $149
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $724SanDisk Extreme 64GB $33
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $77Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $152SanDisk Extreme 32GB $22
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $57HyperX Fury DDR4 2133 C14 2x8GB $144SanDisk Extreme 16GB $20
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