WDWD30EFRX
SeagateST1000DM010

Release date: Q3 2012.

Release date: Q3 2016.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 1,188,824 user samples
68,726 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 88% 4TB free
Worst Bench: 42% 2.5TB free
Poor: 42% Great: 88%
SPEED RANK: 144th / 1015
1,120,098 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 914GB free
Worst Bench: 60% 513GB free
Poor: 60% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
67.3 % 92.3 % Much faster effective speed.
+37%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
120 MB/s 164 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+37%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
114 MB/s 144 MB/s Faster write speed.
+26%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s 0.82 MB/s +1%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.35 MB/s Much faster random write.
+56%
1.51 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
74.6 MB/s 77.2 MB/s +3%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.91 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+28%
0.71 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
115 MB/s 158 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+37%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
160 MB/s 199 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+24%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s 189 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+29%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 1 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.8 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+65%
1.7 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
99 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+15%
85.9 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+11%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
150 MB/s 199 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+33%
Market Share
Based on 53,513,245 HDDs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.19 % 7.81 % Insanely higher market share.
+4,011%
Value
Value For Money
37.1 % 66.3 % Much better value.
+79%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % 68 % Much more popular.
+31%
Price
Price (score)
$109 $28 Much cheaper.
+74%
Age
Newest
143 Months 93 Months Much more recent.
+35%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 1TB
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With peak sequential read/write speeds of 140 and averages of 120 MB/s the 3TB WD Red is around 25% slower than the group leaders. If the Red is used in a NAS (Network Attached Storage), that won't make much difference because the vast majority of home networks still operate at Fast Ethernet (~10 MB/s), even users with faster Gigabit (~100 MB/s) networks will be limited by their network bandwidth before the drive. I could assume that any of our drives are for use in a NAS but that of course doesn't excuse sub-par performance because they could equally be used in a desktop. It's true that the power consumption (4.4W) on the Red is lower than average (6W) but the performance hit isn't justified. Even assuming continuous usage, those extra couple of watts for something like the Seagate Baracuda 7200.14 amount to a few pounds a year at most. At £133 this dive is both overpriced and offers sub-optimal performance. [Feb '14 HDrivePro]

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The 1TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST1000DM010) has an impressive performance profile. With Sequential read/writes averaging 173 and 159 MBps respectively, the Barracuda can make short work of even moderately large backups. The small file (4K) performance profile is less impressive but still adequate with average read/writes coming in at 0.87 and 1.53 MBps respectively. For use as OS drives, rotational disks are quickly loosing market share to SSDs which offer orders of magnitude faster 4k read/write speeds. On the other hand cheap TLC based SSDs often have slower sustained write speeds than their rotational counterparts. Reasonably good overall performance can be achieved by using a TLC SSD to host the OS and a larger rotational drive such as the Barracuda for backups and media files. Larger capacity variants of this drive offer both better performance and better value for money. [Feb '17 HDrivePro]

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