Real World Speed
Performance profile from 319,234 user samples
22,486 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 40% 832GB free (System drive)
Poor: 40% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 159th / 1010
296,748 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 115% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 48% 423GB free
Poor: 48% Great: 115%
SPEED RANK: 33rd / 1010
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
65.7 % 88.7 % Much faster effective speed.
+35%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
119 MB/s 157 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+32%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
110 MB/s 134 MB/s Faster write speed.
+22%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.78 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
+13%
0.69 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.26 MB/s Much faster random write.
+48%
1.53 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
71.4 MB/s 73.9 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+25%
0.72 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
110 MB/s 152 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+38%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s 202 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+28%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
144 MB/s 186 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+29%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
+11%
0.9 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.7 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+50%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
96.2 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+10%
87.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
+11%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
149 MB/s 201 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+35%
Market Share
Based on 15,013,181 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.27 % 3.23 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,096%
Value
Value For Money
47.8 % 87 % Hugely better value.
+82%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % 63 % Slightly more popular.
+15%
Price
Price (score)
$79 $58 Cheaper.
+26%
Age
Newest
79 Months Slightly more recent.
+11%
89 Months
Capacity
Capacity
2TB 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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If you are specifically looking for a 2TB Hard Drive, the Barracuda is both a solid performer and offers reasonable value for money. That said, It probably makes more sense to go for the 3TB version which, thanks to economies of scale, represents significantly better value for money. With the 3TB Barracuda you get 50% more storage and approximately the same performance for just 20% more money. [Sep '13 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) February 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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Intel Core i7-8700K $360Nvidia GTX 1070 $315Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $78
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $148Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $220Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $105
Intel Core i5-8600K $260Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti $808Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $163
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $110SanDisk Extreme 64GB $43
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $750SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $120SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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