Release date: Q3 2016.


Release date ≤ Q4 2013.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 280,502 user samples
275,647 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 921GB free
Worst Bench: 59% 704GB free
Poor: 59% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 1015
4,855 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 58% 453GB free
Worst Bench: 21% 384GB free (System drive)
Poor: 21% Great: 58%
SPEED RANK: 469th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
94 % Hugely faster effective speed.
42.1 %
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
168 MB/s Hugely faster read speed.
73.6 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
144 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
78 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s Much faster random read.
0.53 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.5 MB/s Faster random write.
1.2 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
77 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
42.1 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.74 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
0.6 MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
160 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
73.1 MB/s
Peak Sequential Read Speed
204 MB/s Hugely faster peak read speed.
106 MB/s
Peak Sequential Write Speed
194 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
107 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
0.7 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.8 MB/s Faster peak random write.
1.5 MB/s
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.5 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
56.9 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
0.8 MB/s
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
200 MB/s Hugely faster peak sustained write speed.
103 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 20,478,276 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
4.35 % Insanely higher market share.
0.05 %
Value For Money
47.1 % Much better value.
30.1 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
109 % Hugely more popular.
51 %
Price (score)
$40 $14 Much cheaper.
37 Months Much more recent.
70+ Months
1TB 500GB

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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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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