Average Bench: 90.5% (30th of 995)

Based on 20,431 user benchmarks.  Models: TOSHIBA DT01ACA300, TOSHIBA DT01ACA3

The 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300 is 3.5" desktop hard drive. Like its 2TB sibling, the DT01ACA300 sports a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and has a relatively low peak/idle power draw of 6.4/5.2 Watts. With peak sequential read/write speeds of 197/183 MBps and peak 4k read/write speeds of 1.17/2.19 Mbps the 3TB DT01ACA300 achieves an effective speed of 143 MBps which places the DT01ACA300 amongst the top handful of 3TB drives. Pricing of the DT01ACA300 is also very aggressive which makes the DT01ACA300 a superb value proposition. Comparing the DT01ACA300 and Barracuda shows that the DT01ACA300 is marginally faster but also slightly more expensive. [Nov '14 HDrivePro]


Excellent average bench

The Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB averaged just 9.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 143MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 161MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB is 50.3%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Toshiba DT01ACA300 3TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.2MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 1.79MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 20,431 samples)
Min Avg Max
104 Read 161 198
103 Write 154 191
73.3 Mixed 143 177
115% 153 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.47 4K Read 0.85 1.15
1.02 4K Write 1.79 2.23
0.15 4K Mixed 0.2 0.24
91.2% 0.95 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2TB free
Firmware: MX6OABB0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 178
Write 184
Mixed 162
131% 175 MB/s
4K Read 0.58
4K Write 2.09
4K Mixed 0.22
87% 0.96 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: MX6OABB0 Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
Read 163
Write 167
Mixed 146
119% 159 MB/s
4K Read 0.55
4K Write 1.89
4K Mixed 0.2
80% 0.88 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,301,097 HDDs tested.


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Typical DT01ACA300 3TB Builds (Compare 5,333 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 97%
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Desktop 91%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation 70%
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Motherboard: MSI Z270-A PRO (MS-7A71) - $114

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 89% - Excellent Total price: $1,126

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Toshiba’s 7200 RPM 3.5-inch (8.9cm) HDD series...

Added 3 years ago.


2 months ago.

noisy and slow...


6 months ago.

Drive failed after 4 months


6 months ago.

very unstable, always form bad sectors

Very good

3 years ago.


22 months ago.

Noisy but fast and cheap.


3 years ago.

Good performer


2 years ago.

quite, excellent seq. read/write speeds.


20 months ago.

Failed in less than 6 months.

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