Real World Speed
Performance profile from 199,059 user samples
99,844 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 841GB free
Worst Bench: 51% 28GB free (System drive)
Poor: 51% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 65th / 1015
99,215 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 60% 191GB free
Poor: 60% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
83.1 % 92.6 % Faster effective speed.
+11%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
136 MB/s 161 MB/s Faster read speed.
+18%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
134 MB/s +2% 132 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.27 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+84%
0.69 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
4.76 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+196%
1.61 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
45.4 MB/s 77.3 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+70%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
2.1 MB/s Hugely faster random mixed IO.
+184%
0.74 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
153 MB/s 163 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+7%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
196 MB/s 200 MB/s +2%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
194 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+13%
171 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.6 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+100%
0.8 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
5.4 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+200%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
80.5 MB/s 87.3 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+8%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
2.7 MB/s Hugely faster peak random mixed IO.
+200%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
205 MB/s +2% 201 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 45,354,049 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.28 % 0.39 % Much higher market share.
+39%
Value
Value For Money
13 % 65.4 % Hugely better value.
+402%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % 60 % More popular.
+11%
Price
Price (score)
$128 $85 Much cheaper.
+33%
Age
Newest
106 Months 69 Months Much more recent.
+35%
Capacity
Capacity
1TB 3TB
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The ST1000DX001 is a Solid State Hard Drive (SSHD). There is 8GB of MLC NAND flash built into this model which helps facilitate better performance than a purely mechanical drive. The peak sequential read /write speeds of 190 MB/s are around 10% higher than average for a mechanical drive, but no where near typical SSD speeds. We have seen peak 4k write speeds as high as 5.72 MB/s, which is very impressive and to date the highest 4k read speed is 1.24 MB/s which is less impressive but still above average for a top end mechanical drive. The performance increases attributable to the NAND flash are primarily noticeable in the area of small file performance and the Seagate offers only marginally better sequential performance than other mechanical 1TB hard drives. Overall the ST1000DX001 is a very solid performer and bests the group average by 30%. The larger 2TB version (ST2000DX001) has similar performance but represents even better value for money. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) June 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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  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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