Real World Speed
Performance profile from 452,796 user samples
109,806 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 51% 5GB free
Poor: 51% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 39th / 1015
342,990 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 46% 982GB free (System drive)
Poor: 46% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 36th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
88.2 % 88.7 % +1%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s +1% 157 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
128 MB/s 133 MB/s +4%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.71 MB/s +4% 0.68 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.65 MB/s +4% 1.59 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
73.6 MB/s 74.1 MB/s +1%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.75 MB/s +3% 0.73 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
150 MB/s 152 MB/s +1%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
203 MB/s 204 MB/s +0%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
175 MB/s 184 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+5%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+12%
0.8 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.9 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+6%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.5 MB/s 87.1 MB/s +1%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
201 MB/s 202 MB/s +0%
Market Share
Based on 17,687,030 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.81 % 3.06 % Hugely higher market share.
+278%
Value
Value For Money
117 % Much better value.
+34%
87.1 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
68 % Slightly more popular.
+8%
63 %
Price
Price (score)
$65 $58 Slightly cheaper.
+10%
Age
Newest
93 Months 93 Months
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 2TB
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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) June 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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