Real World Speed
Performance profile from 613,132 user samples
25,587 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 88% 2TB free
Worst Bench: 44% 3TB free
Poor: 44% Great: 88%
SPEED RANK: 154th / 1015
587,545 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 931GB free
Worst Bench: 51% 36GB free (System drive)
Poor: 51% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 42nd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
67 % 87.6 % Much faster effective speed.
+31%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
119 MB/s 157 MB/s Much faster read speed.
+32%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
111 MB/s 135 MB/s Faster write speed.
+22%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.79 MB/s +4% 0.76 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.33 MB/s Much faster random write.
+40%
1.66 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
72.2 MB/s 74.8 MB/s +4%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+15%
0.78 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
114 MB/s 149 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+31%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
161 MB/s 201 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+25%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
148 MB/s 186 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+26%
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.
+33%
2.1 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
94.1 MB/s Slightly faster peak mixed IO speed.
+5%
89.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s 1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
149 MB/s 200 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+34%
Market Share
Based on 16,456,101 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.22 % 5.69 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,486%
Value
Value For Money
60.7 % +1% 59.9 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
56 % 77 % Much more popular.
+38%
Price
Price (score)
$95 $42 Much cheaper.
+56%
Age
Newest
81 Months Slightly more recent.
+9%
89 Months
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 Barracuda 7200.14 boasts impressive peak sequential read/write Lab speeds of 195/193 MB/s. These best case burst speeds indicate what the Barracuda is capable of under Lab perfect test conditions. Our real world benchmarks have been sourced from hundreds of users and give a better sense of how well this drive actually performs on a day to day basis. The 1TB 7200.14 has an average UBM sequential read/write speed of 147 MB/s, which is a superb result, especially for a budget drive. With 4K random read/write speeds of 0.77/1.53 MB/s small file performance is also respectable making the 1TB Barracuda a very good all round performer. In terms of value for money the relatively small 1TB drive is not as good value as its larger 3TB sibling but in the 1 TB category this is one of the best value for money drives available. [Jan '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 $115Nvidia 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
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $75G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $711SanDisk Extreme 32GB $48
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $40Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $100SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $12
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