Real World Speed
Performance profile from 62,637 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
53,921 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% 1.5TB free
Worst Bench: 45% 926GB free
Poor: 45% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 158th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
76.7 % Faster effective speed.
+16%
66.3 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
138 MB/s Faster read speed.
+15%
120 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
127 MB/s Faster write speed.
+14%
111 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.84 MB/s +5% 0.8 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.5 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
+8%
2.31 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
82.9 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+13%
73.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.96 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
+7%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
129 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+16%
111 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
182 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+17%
155 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
162 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+12%
144 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s 1 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+11%
2.7 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
109 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+16%
94.1 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.1 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+10%
1 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
168 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+15%
146 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 39,632,535 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.04 % 0.2 % Hugely higher market share.
+400%
Value
Value For Money
51.1 % Much better value.
+35%
37.9 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 52 % +2%
Price
Price (score)
$180 $70 Much cheaper.
+61%
Age
Newest
84 Months More recent.
+22%
108 Months
Capacity
Capacity
6TB 2TB
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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 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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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 user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • 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 $239Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11600K $270Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-10700K $299Nvidia 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) $34Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $85SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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