Real World Speed
Performance profile from 262,901 user samples
231,791 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 57% 2TB free
Poor: 57% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 25th / 1015
31,110 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 51% 1.5TB free
Poor: 51% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 63rd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.9 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+8%
83.4 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s Slightly faster read speed.
+10%
144 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
128 MB/s +3% 124 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.7 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+6%
0.66 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.63 MB/s 1.83 MB/s Faster random write.
+12%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
75.8 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+18%
64.4 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.73 MB/s +1% 0.72 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
156 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+6%
147 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+5%
191 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
174 MB/s +5% 166 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+29%
0.7 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.9 MB/s 2.3 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+21%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
88.4 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+12%
79.2 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
204 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+8%
189 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 42,990,738 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.62 % Hugely higher market share.
+464%
0.11 %
Value
Value For Money
59.9 % 63.6 % Slightly better value.
+6%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % 57 % +4%
Price
Price (score)
$90 Cheaper.
+14%
$105
Age
Newest
124 Months 64 Months Much more recent.
+48%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 4TB
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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2022 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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  • - Download and run UserBenchMark.
  • - 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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  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
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