Real World Speed
Performance profile from 347,619 user samples
235,501 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 56% 2TB free (System drive)
Poor: 56% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 31st / 1015
112,118 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 60% 1.5TB free
Poor: 60% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 14th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
88.3 % 92.1 % +4%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
152 MB/s 161 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+6%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
127 MB/s 131 MB/s +3%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.71 MB/s +3% 0.69 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.72 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+8%
1.6 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
75.6 MB/s 76.7 MB/s +1%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.72 MB/s 0.74 MB/s +3%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
155 MB/s 160 MB/s +3%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
200 MB/s 202 MB/s +1%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
177 MB/s +4% 171 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+12%
0.8 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.11 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+73%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.9 MB/s 86.9 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
200 MB/s 200 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 53,564,899 HDDs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.65 % Hugely higher market share.
+81%
0.36 %
Value
Value For Money
70.6 % 71.4 % +1%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % 59 % Slightly more popular.
+7%
Price
Price (score)
$75 +3% $77
Age
Newest
154 Months 94 Months Much more recent.
+39%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 3TB
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The new 3TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST3000DM008) replaces its hugely successful predecessor, the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 2011 (ST3000DM001). Comparing performance between the two models shows that the newer drive has 12% faster sequential speeds, comparable 4K speeds, improved mixed sequential speed and reduced mixed 4K speed. Overall, the effective speed is 12% faster on the 2016 model. Since there is normally little price difference between the two models the 2016 version is the clear winner especially for use as a backup drive with its impressive sequential read and write speeds of nearly 200 MBps. See the current value leaders here[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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