Real World Speed
Performance profile from 23,487 user samples
23,487 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 44% 799GB free
Poor: 44% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 145th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
68.1 % 90.9 % Much faster effective speed.
+33%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
122 MB/s 161 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+32%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
114 MB/s 148 MB/s Faster write speed.
+30%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.8 MB/s 1.29 MB/s Much faster random read.
+62%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.3 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+7%
2.15 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
73.9 MB/s 82.1 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+11%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.92 MB/s +4% 0.89 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
115 MB/s 155 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+35%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
156 MB/s 202 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+29%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
145 MB/s 191 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+32%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 1.71 MB/s Much faster peak random read.
+71%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.7 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
+7%
2.53 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
95.4 MB/s 98.5 MB/s +3%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s 1.02 MB/s +2%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
148 MB/s 197 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+33%
Market Share
Based on 16,382,626 HDDs tested.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
56 % 79.8 % Much more popular.
+42%
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.29 % 2.77 % Hugely higher market share.
+855%
Price
Price (score)
$79 Cheaper.
+30%
102 USD
Value
Value For Money
49.5 % 69 % Much better value.
+39%
Age
Newest
81 Months 52.6 Months Much more recent.
+54%
Capacity
Capacity
2TB   —
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The 2TB version of WD's Red NAS range of hard drives has a performance profile that is similar to that of its larger 3TB sibling. Both drives lag behind the group average significantly in terms of overall performance. With an average read speed of 108 MB/s the 2TB Red is 36% slower than the group leaders which manage an average of 147 MB/s. There is a huge amount of hype around the "NAS" aspects of these drives but there is very little substance in terms of specific characteristics that make this drive better suited to a NAS than any other. The obvious factors such as energy efficiency and operating temperature are only marginally improved on these drives. I would personally prefer one of the far better performing Seagate Barracudas as when looking at a direct comparison of the Barracuda vs the Red it's clear that the performance of the Barracuda is better across the board. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) April 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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Intel Core i7-8700K $366Nvidia GTX 1070 $379Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $100
AMD Ryzen 5 2600 $159Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $230Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $107
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $119Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti $808Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $93
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $95SanDisk Extreme 64GB $128
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WD Blue 1TB (2012) $40Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $100SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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