Real World Speed
Performance profile from 746,175 user samples
264,404 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 37% 1TB free
Poor: 37% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 44th / 1010
481,771 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 45% 164GB free
Poor: 45% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 41st / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
87 % 87.3 % +0%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
154 MB/s 156 MB/s +1%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
130 MB/s 133 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.68 MB/s 0.76 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+12%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.55 MB/s 1.65 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+6%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
72.3 MB/s 74.5 MB/s +3%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.72 MB/s 0.78 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+8%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
149 MB/s +1% 148 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s +0% 201 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
186 MB/s 186 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s 1 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+11%
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
86.5 MB/s 89.2 MB/s +3%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 1 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+11%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
200 MB/s 202 MB/s +1%
Market Share
Based on 13,084,193 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
3.36 % 6.33 % Hugely higher market share.
+88%
Value
Value For Money
85.3 % Much better value.
+33%
64.2 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
62 % 76 % More popular.
+23%
Price
Price (score)
$58 $39 Much cheaper.
+33%
Age
Newest
87 Months 85 Months +2%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 1TB
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If you are specifically looking for a 2TB Hard Drive, the Barracuda is both a solid performer and offers reasonable value for money. That said, It probably makes more sense to go for the 3TB version which, thanks to economies of scale, represents significantly better value for money. With the 3TB Barracuda you get 50% more storage and approximately the same performance for just 20% more money. [Sep '13 HDrivePro]

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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 2018 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 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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