Real World Speed
Performance profile from 265,672 user samples
84,998 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 56% 2.5TB free (System drive)
Poor: 56% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 52nd / 1015
180,674 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 710GB free (System drive)
Poor: 54% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 30th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
84.8 % 89 % +5%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
150 MB/s 156 MB/s +4%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s Faster write speed.
+16%
127 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
1.03 MB/s Much faster random read.
+49%
0.69 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.02 MB/s Faster random write.
+21%
1.67 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
31.4 MB/s 75.6 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
+141%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.6 MB/s 0.74 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+23%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
146 MB/s 154 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
+5%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
191 MB/s 203 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+6%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
189 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+10%
172 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+33%
0.9 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.3 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+21%
1.9 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
52.2 MB/s 87.3 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+67%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.8 MB/s 0.9 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+12%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
189 MB/s 200 MB/s Slightly faster peak sustained write speed.
+6%
Market Share
Based on 39,677,150 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.26 % 0.6 % Hugely higher market share.
+131%
Value
Value For Money
64 % 66.8 % +4%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
54 % 56 % +4%
Price
Price (score)
$80 +1% $80
Age
Newest
102 Months More recent.
+14%
118 Months
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 3TB
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The 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300 is 3.5" desktop hard drive. Like its 2TB sibling, the DT01ACA300 sports a rotation speed of 7,200 RPM and has a relatively low peak/idle power draw of 6.4/5.2 Watts. With peak sequential read/write speeds of 197/183 MBps and peak 4k read/write speeds of 1.17/2.19 Mbps the 3TB DT01ACA300 achieves an effective speed of 143 MBps which places the DT01ACA300 amongst the top handful of 3TB drives. Pricing of the DT01ACA300 is also very aggressive which makes the DT01ACA300 a superb value proposition. Comparing the DT01ACA300 and Barracuda shows that the DT01ACA300 is marginally faster but also slightly more expensive. [Nov '14 HDrivePro]

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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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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) July 2021 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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