Real World Speed
Performance profile from 75,300 user samples
72,785 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 53% 1.5TB free (System drive)
Poor: 53% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 34th / 1010
2,515 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 91% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 47% 650GB free
Poor: 47% Great: 91%
SPEED RANK: 125th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.3 % Faster effective speed.
+26%
71 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
157 MB/s Faster read speed.
+27%
124 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
130 MB/s +3% 126 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.71 MB/s 1.01 MB/s Much faster random read.
+42%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.54 MB/s 2.03 MB/s Much faster random write.
+32%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
74.5 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
+153%
29.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.76 MB/s +4% 0.73 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
155 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+26%
123 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+26%
160 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
178 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+11%
160 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+33%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.8 MB/s 2.3 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+28%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
87.5 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+65%
53.1 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+12%
0.8 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
199 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+24%
160 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 12,468,350 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.83 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,667%
0.03 %
Value
Value For Money
110 % Hugely better value.
+102%
54.4 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % Slightly more popular.
+10%
61 %
Price
Price (score)
$70 Much cheaper.
+53%
$150
Age
Newest
86 Months 59 Months Much more recent.
+31%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 4TB
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This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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The HGST Deskstar NAS is one of the few NAS drives to feature a 7,200 RPM rotational speed. This relatively high rotational speed helps the 4TB Deskstar NAS achieve a 4k read/write speed of 1.14/2.2 MB/s. 1.14 MB/s is actually the highest 4K read speed I have seen to date on a 4TB drive. In terms of sequential read/write speeds the Deskstar NAS clocked in at 161/144 MB/s which are also a reasonable set of scores. Overall the Deskstar NAS scored an effective speed of 116 MB/s which despite being 14% below the group leaders, is still second place for a 4TB capacity drive. With 4TB of capacity and an above average performance profile the HGST Deskstar NAS represents very good value for money. [Mar '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) November 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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