Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1,310,664 user samples
113,468 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 2.5TB free
Worst Bench: 58% 2.5TB free
Poor: 58% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 33rd / 1015
1,197,196 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 108% 921GB free
Worst Bench: 53% 725GB free (System drive)
Poor: 53% Great: 108%
SPEED RANK: 66th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
90 % Slightly faster effective speed.
+8%
83.6 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
159 MB/s +1% 157 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
130 MB/s 143 MB/s Slightly faster write speed.
+10%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.71 MB/s 1.18 MB/s Much faster random read.
+66%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
1.62 MB/s 2.44 MB/s Much faster random write.
+51%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
75.1 MB/s 87.9 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+17%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.75 MB/s 1.08 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+44%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
155 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+16%
134 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
201 MB/s 202 MB/s +0%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
178 MB/s 178 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.5 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+67%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
1.8 MB/s 3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+67%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
86.7 MB/s 113 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+30%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
200 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+10%
181 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 19,189,377 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.85 % 11.1 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,208%
Value
Value For Money
80 % Hugely better value.
+91%
41.8 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
68 % 85 % More popular.
+25%
Price
Price (score)
$67 $40 Much cheaper.
+41%
Age
Newest
95 Months 86 Months Slightly more recent.
+9%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 1TB
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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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This is the latest version of Western Digital's mid-range Blue drive. At only one year of age this drive is relatively new and the performance figures reflect this. With maximum sequential speeds of 180 MB/s (both read and write) the Blue is amongst the faster drives currently available and in terms of real world performance it beats its predecessor the 2010 Blue (WD10EALS) by around 18%. The 2012 Blue has a single 1TB platter which combined with its 7200 rotation speed allow for above average performance across the board. In terms of value for money a larger capacity drive will nearly always be a better choice but within the 1TB category as a system drive, the 2012 Blue is a very reasonable, if not the best, option. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) August 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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  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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AMD Ryzen 5 3600 $198AMD RX 580 $172Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $86
Intel Core i5-9400F $143Nvidia GTX 1660 $220Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $103
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $40Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $75SanDisk Extreme 64GB $128
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $40G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $695SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
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