Real World Speed
Performance profile from 373,885 user samples
80,070 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 57% 2.5TB free
Poor: 57% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 31st / 1010
293,815 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 49% 1TB free
Poor: 49% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 39th / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
89.9 % +2% 87.7 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s +1% 156 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
131 MB/s 132 MB/s +1%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.72 MB/s +4% 0.69 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.63 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+5%
1.55 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
74.7 MB/s +2% 73.1 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.75 MB/s +4% 0.72 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
155 MB/s +3% 150 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
202 MB/s +0% 201 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
177 MB/s 181 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s 0.9 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.9 MB/s 1.9 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.5 MB/s 86.8 MB/s +0%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
198 MB/s 200 MB/s +1%
Market Share
Based on 14,197,005 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.86 % 3.13 % Hugely higher market share.
+264%
Value
Value For Money
96.7 % Slightly better value.
+12%
86 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % Slightly more popular.
+8%
62 %
Price
Price (score)
$80 $58 Cheaper.
+27%
Age
Newest
88 Months 88 Months
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 2TB
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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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2019 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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