Real World Speed
Performance profile from 63,362 user samples
59,580 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 87% 1TB free
Worst Bench: 44% 1.5TB free
Poor: 44% Great: 87%
SPEED RANK: 139th / 1015
3,782 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 121% 5TB free
Worst Bench: 65% 2TB free
Poor: 65% Great: 121%
SPEED RANK: 11th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
68.1 % 93.7 % Much faster effective speed.
+38%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
122 MB/s 155 MB/s Faster read speed.
+27%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
114 MB/s 199 MB/s Much faster write speed.
+75%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.81 MB/s 4.67 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
+477%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.32 MB/s 3.21 MB/s Much faster random write.
+38%
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
73.8 MB/s 103 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
+40%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.9 MB/s 1.02 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+13%
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
115 MB/s 170 MB/s Much faster sustained write speed.
+48%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
158 MB/s 214 MB/s Much faster peak read speed.
+35%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
147 MB/s 247 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
+68%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 7.1 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
+610%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
2.8 MB/s 3.5 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+25%
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
99.5 MB/s 127 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+28%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1 MB/s 1.1 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+10%
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
148 MB/s 216 MB/s Much faster peak sustained write speed.
+46%
Market Share
Based on 39,660,255 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.22 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,100%
0.01 %
Value
Value For Money
37.5 % 38.9 % +4%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % 55 % Slightly more popular.
+6%
Price
Price (score)
$109 Much cheaper.
+62%
$289
Age
Newest
108 Months 73 Months Much more recent.
+32%
Capacity
Capacity
3TB 6TB
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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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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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Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-10700K $320Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $78
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $79SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $29Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $95SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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