SamsungHD103SJ
SeagateST4000DM005

Release date: Q4 2009.

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Release date: Q3 2016.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 108,555 user samples
89,859 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 76% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 36% 684GB free
Poor: 36% Great: 76%
SPEED RANK: 190th / 1015
18,696 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 381GB free
Poor: 53% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 54th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
60.3 % 85 % Much faster effective speed.
+41%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
105 MB/s 148 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+41%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
79.7 MB/s 129 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+62%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s Faster random read.
+20%
0.66 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.43 MB/s Much faster random write.
+31%
1.86 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
62.5 MB/s 65.7 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+5%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.08 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+44%
0.75 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
105 MB/s 148 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+41%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
135 MB/s 188 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+39%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
142 MB/s 168 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+18%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+29%
0.7 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.2 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+39%
2.3 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
73.4 MB/s 77.7 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+6%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.3 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+44%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
136 MB/s 187 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+38%
Market Share
Based on 21,746,444 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.5 % Hugely higher market share.
+233%
0.15 %
Value
Value For Money
17.2 % 59.7 % Hugely better value.
+247%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
56 % 73 % Much more popular.
+30%
Price
Price (score)
$70 Much cheaper.
+39%
$114
Age
Newest
122 Months 39 Months Much more recent.
+68%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 4TB
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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) December 2019 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.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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