Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1,120,098 user samples
1,120,098 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 914GB free
Worst Bench: 60% 513GB free
Poor: 60% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
92.3 % +5% 88.2 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
164 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+6%
155 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
144 MB/s 144 MB/s +0%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.82 MB/s 1.3 MB/s Much faster random read.
+59%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.51 MB/s 2.15 MB/s Much faster random write.
+42%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
77.2 MB/s 82.3 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+7%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.71 MB/s 0.87 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+22%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
158 MB/s +4% 152 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
199 MB/s 200 MB/s +0%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
189 MB/s +0% 188 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 1.71 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+71%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.7 MB/s 2.51 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+48%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
85.9 MB/s 98.2 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+14%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.02 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+14%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
199 MB/s +1% 197 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 47,667,236 HDDs tested.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
68 % More popular.
+14%
59.7 %
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
6.59 % Hugely higher market share.
+105%
3.21 %
Price
Price (score)
$42 Hugely cheaper.
+105%
86 USD
Value
Value For Money
44 % 52.8 % Better value.
+20%
Age
Newest
75 Months More recent.
+29%
96.6 Months
Capacity
Capacity
1TB   —
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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST1000DM010) has an impressive performance profile. With Sequential read/writes averaging 173 and 159 MBps respectively, the Barracuda can make short work of even moderately large backups. The small file (4K) performance profile is less impressive but still adequate with average read/writes coming in at 0.87 and 1.53 MBps respectively. For use as OS drives, rotational disks are quickly loosing market share to SSDs which offer orders of magnitude faster 4k read/write speeds. On the other hand cheap TLC based SSDs often have slower sustained write speeds than their rotational counterparts. Reasonably good overall performance can be achieved by using a TLC SSD to host the OS and a larger rotational drive such as the Barracuda for backups and media files. Larger capacity variants of this drive offer both better performance and better value for money. [Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) December 2022 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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  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
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Intel Core i5-13600K $320Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $480Crucial MX500 250GB $37
Intel Core i5-12400F $167Nvidia RTX 3070 $530Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $106
Intel Core i7-12700K $322Nvidia RTX 3050 $300Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $42Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $50SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $29Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $53SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $50G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $453SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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