Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1,480,301 user samples
90,881 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 62% 262GB free
Poor: 62% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 10th / 1015
1,389,420 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 927GB free
Worst Bench: 54% 272GB free
Poor: 54% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 29th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
93 % +4% 89.3 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
165 MB/s +4% 159 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
133 MB/s +1% 132 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.69 MB/s 0.77 MB/s Faster random read.
+12%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.62 MB/s +1% 1.6 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
77.6 MB/s +2% 76.3 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.75 MB/s 0.76 MB/s +1%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
160 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+5%
152 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
204 MB/s +1% 202 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
171 MB/s 186 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+9%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.8 MB/s 1 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+25%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.8 MB/s 2.1 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+17%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
88.5 MB/s 90.5 MB/s +2%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 1 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+11%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
202 MB/s +2% 199 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 42,044,459 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.4 % 5.03 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,158%
Value
Value For Money
65.7 % Much better value.
+47%
44.7 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
59 % +2% 58 %
Price
Price (score)
$85 $40 Much cheaper.
+53%
Age
Newest
63 Months Much more recent.
+48%
121 Months
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 1TB
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The 1TB Barracuda 7200.14 boasts impressive peak sequential read/write Lab speeds of 195/193 MB/s. These best case burst speeds indicate what the Barracuda is capable of under Lab perfect test conditions. Our real world benchmarks have been sourced from hundreds of users and give a better sense of how well this drive actually performs on a day to day basis. The 1TB 7200.14 has an average UBM sequential read/write speed of 147 MB/s, which is a superb result, especially for a budget drive. With 4K random read/write speeds of 0.77/1.53 MB/s small file performance is also respectable making the 1TB Barracuda a very good all round performer. In terms of value for money the relatively small 1TB drive is not as good value as its larger 3TB sibling but in the 1 TB category this is one of the best value for money drives available. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) December 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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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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  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
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  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
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Intel Core i5-12600K $300Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11600K $220Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i5-11400F $195Nvidia RTX 3080 $700Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $200
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $38Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $67SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $74SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $71G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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