Real World Speed
Performance profile from 186,945 user samples
2,230 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 50% 3.5TB free
Poor: 50% Great: 99%
SPEED RANK: 77th / 1015
184,715 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 114% 997GB free
Worst Bench: 57% 2.5TB free
Poor: 57% Great: 114%
SPEED RANK: 22nd / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
80.5 % 90.5 % Faster effective speed.
+12%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
143 MB/s 158 MB/s Faster read speed.
+10%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
134 MB/s +3% 130 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.86 MB/s Faster random read.
+23%
0.7 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
2.94 MB/s Much faster random write.
+67%
1.76 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
88.6 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+17%
75.5 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.99 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+36%
0.73 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
137 MB/s 158 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+15%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
179 MB/s 202 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+13%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
165 MB/s 175 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
+6%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1.1 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+22%
0.9 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.6 MB/s Faster peak random write.
+25%
2.88 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
114 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
+30%
87.4 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
1.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
+33%
0.9 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
169 MB/s 201 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+19%
Market Share
Based on 40,627,333 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.01 % 0.61 % Insanely higher market share.
+6,000%
Value
Value For Money
58.6 % 62.5 % Slightly better value.
+7%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
51 % 56 % Slightly more popular.
+10%
Price
Price (score)
$110 $87 Cheaper.
+21%
Age
Newest
100 Months More recent.
+17%
120 Months
Capacity
Capacity
4TB 3TB
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The WD Se is an enterprise class drive designed for use in a NAS or data warehouse. Unlike the Enterprise Xe, which focuses on maximum data throughput, the focus of the Se is on balanced performance, power consumption and reliability. We only have one sample for this drive at present so for now we can't draw any robust conclusions. Based on the data we do have, in terms of value for money the WD Se lands in the middle of the (scarce) 4TB pack, besting the (2012) 4TB black by just 3.4%. From a performance perspective, with both peak and average read/writes coming in at 137/136 MB/s it's hard to tell at this point because we don't know whether to take those figures as peak or average. As averages they are very strong and as peak figures they are relatively weak. We will update this summary when we have more data. In the mean time the Seagate Desktop HDD1.5 remains our 4TB pick. [Jan '14 HDrivePro]

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This drive can be used as a combined system and storage drive thanks to its fast 7200K rpm and enormous 3TB capacity. Recently prices for all large drives have been dropping and the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 is currently a good choice in terms of both value for money and performance. Not only does the Barracuda have respectable sequential read/write speeds but it also goes head to head with the various green options, consuming a very reasonable 5.4W vs 5W (idle) on average for a "green" drive. That amounts to a tiny power consumption disadvantage and a lot more speed. Overall the Barracuda is priced aggressively and represents very good value for money. [Oct '12 HDrivePro]

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Hard Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 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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