Real World Speed
Performance profile from 366,619 user samples
427 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% 52GB free
Worst Bench: 60% 23GB free
Poor: 60% Great: 97%
SPEED RANK: 69th / 1002
366,192 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 904GB free
Worst Bench: 66% 775GB free
Poor: 66% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 34th / 1002
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
82.7 % 88.9 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+7%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
147 MB/s 160 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+9%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
141 MB/s 150 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+6%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.77 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+13%
0.68 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.65 MB/s Much faster random write.
+69%
1.57 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
134 MB/s 135 MB/s +1%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.27 MB/s +4% 0.26 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
182 MB/s 196 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+8%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
168 MB/s 187 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+11%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.02 MB/s 1.03 MB/s +1%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.29 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+64%
2 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
159 MB/s 175 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+10%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.35 MB/s 0.37 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+6%
Market Share
Based on 9,220,319 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.02 % 6.36 % Insanely higher market share.
+31,700%
Value
Value For Money
63.3 % Much better value.
+37%
46.4 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % 78 % Much more popular.
+44%
Price
Price (score)
$150 $55 Much cheaper.
+63%
Age
Newest
60 Months More recent.
+23%
78 Months
Capacity
Capacity
4TB 1TB
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The WD Se is an enterprise class drive designed for use in a NAS or data warehouse. Unlike the Enterprise Xe, which focuses on maximum data throughput, the focus of the Se is on balanced performance, power consumption and reliability. We only have one sample for this drive at present so for now we can't draw any robust conclusions. Based on the data we do have, in terms of value for money the WD Se lands in the middle of the (scarce) 4TB pack, besting the (2012) 4TB black by just 3.4%. From a performance perspective, with both peak and average read/writes coming in at 137/136 MB/s it's hard to tell at this point because we don't know whether to take those figures as peak or average. As averages they are very strong and as peak figures they are relatively weak. We will update this summary when we have more data. In the mean time the Seagate Desktop HDD1.5 remains our 4TB pick. [Jan '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) 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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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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