Real World Speed
Performance profile from 876,715 user samples
8,716 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% 5.5TB free
Worst Bench: 47% 3.5TB free
Poor: 47% Great: 99%
SPEED RANK: 101st / 1015
867,999 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 929GB free
Worst Bench: 58% 634GB free (System drive)
Poor: 58% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 14th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
76.7 % 92.1 % Faster effective speed.
+20%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
138 MB/s 165 MB/s Faster read speed.
+20%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
127 MB/s 146 MB/s Faster write speed.
+15%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.84 MB/s +4% 0.81 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.5 MB/s Much faster random write.
+64%
1.52 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
82.9 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
+9%
76.4 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.96 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+33%
0.72 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
129 MB/s 156 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+21%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
182 MB/s 199 MB/s Slightly faster peak read speed.
+9%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
162 MB/s 189 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+17%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 1 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+67%
1.8 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
109 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+27%
85.8 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+22%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
168 MB/s 199 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+18%
Market Share
Based on 39,660,929 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.04 % 6.18 % Insanely higher market share.
+15,350%
Value
Value For Money
51.1 % Better value.
+25%
41 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 68 % Much more popular.
+33%
Price
Price (score)
$180 $45 Much cheaper.
+75%
Age
Newest
84 Months 58 Months Much more recent.
+31%
Capacity
Capacity
6TB 1TB
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The 6TB WD Red is one of the first 6TB consumer drives. Sporting five large 1.2TB platters the Red is targeted at consumers for use in 1-8 bay NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices. The large platters on the 6TB drive enable slightly faster peak read speeds than on the smaller capacity Reds. Comparing performance between the 2TB and 6TB versions shows that the 6TB version is between 10 and 15% faster. At current market prices ($300) the 6TB red isn't a bad value proposition and, considering that the 6TB Red is just a few months old, prices are likely to drop significantly over the coming months. [Oct '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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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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  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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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 $319Nvidia 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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