Real World Speed
Performance profile from 3,414,849 user samples
867,999 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 929GB free
Worst Bench: 58% 634GB free (System drive)
Poor: 58% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 14th / 1015
2,546,850 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 50% 1GB free
Poor: 50% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 64th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
92.1 % Faster effective speed.
+12%
82.4 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
165 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+7%
154 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
146 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+6%
138 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s 1.18 MB/s Much faster random read.
+46%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.52 MB/s 2.44 MB/s Much faster random write.
+61%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
76.4 MB/s 88.9 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+16%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.72 MB/s 1.07 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+49%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
156 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+17%
133 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
199 MB/s 201 MB/s +1%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
189 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+7%
177 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+50%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.8 MB/s 3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+67%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
85.8 MB/s 116 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+35%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
199 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+9%
182 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 39,631,012 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
6.18 % 11.4 % Hugely higher market share.
+84%
Value
Value For Money
41 % 48.5 % Better value.
+18%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
68 % Slightly more popular.
+10%
62 %
Price
Price (score)
$45 $34 Cheaper.
+24%
Age
Newest
58 Months Much more recent.
+47%
109 Months
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 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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This is the latest version of Western Digital's mid-range Blue drive. At only one year of age this drive is relatively new and the performance figures reflect this. With maximum sequential speeds of 180 MB/s (both read and write) the Blue is amongst the faster drives currently available and in terms of real world performance it beats its predecessor the 2010 Blue (WD10EALS) by around 18%. The 2012 Blue has a single 1TB platter which combined with its 7200 rotation speed allows for above average performance across the board. In terms of value for money a larger capacity drive will nearly always be a better choice but within the 1TB category as a system drive, the 2012 Blue is a very reasonable, if not the best, option. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) July 2021 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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  • 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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Intel Core i5-11400F $239Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-10700K $299Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $78
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $79SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $34Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $85SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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