Real World Speed
Performance profile from 183,968 user samples
3,294 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 93% 3.5TB free
Worst Bench: 48% 1.5TB free
Poor: 48% Great: 93%
SPEED RANK: 114th / 1015
180,674 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 113% 3TB free
Worst Bench: 54% 710GB free (System drive)
Poor: 54% Great: 113%
SPEED RANK: 30th / 1015
Effective Speed
Effective HDD Speed
73.7 % 89 % Faster effective speed.
+21%
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
132 MB/s 156 MB/s Faster read speed.
+18%
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
124 MB/s 127 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
0.78 MB/s Faster random read.
+13%
0.69 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
3.12 MB/s Hugely faster random write.
+87%
1.67 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
85 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
+12%
75.6 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
0.97 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
+31%
0.74 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
124 MB/s 154 MB/s Faster sustained write speed.
+24%
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
167 MB/s 203 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
+22%
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
154 MB/s 172 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
+12%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
1 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+11%
0.9 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
3.7 MB/s Hugely faster peak random write.
+95%
1.9 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
106 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
+21%
87.3 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
159 MB/s 200 MB/s Faster peak sustained write speed.
+26%
Market Share
Based on 39,647,550 HDDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.01 % 0.61 % Insanely higher market share.
+6,000%
Value
Value For Money
27.7 % 97.4 % Hugely better value.
+251%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
52 % 56 % Slightly more popular.
+8%
Price
Price (score)
$213 $55 Much cheaper.
+74%
Age
Newest
104 Months More recent.
+12%
118 Months
Capacity
Capacity
4TB 3TB
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I don't understand the pricing on this drive, on the face of it, it looks seriously overpriced. Although the Black has a marginal speed advantage compared to a 3TB Barracuda, one 4TB Caviar Black costs more than two 3TB Barracudas! I have only seen benchmarks from 3 user samples for the 4TB 2012 Black so I will re-visit this recap over the coming months by which time I should have a better sample size. Additional samples may indicate far better performance than I have seen so far. [Aug '13 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) 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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