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We tested 731 hard disks/ssds in the Hardware.Info test lab. This overview shows you the best hard disks/ssds according to our editorial staff, based on our most recent test results. This page is updated whenever we conclude new tests.

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SSD

Intenso High Performance 120GB
23 November 2017

Intenso High Performance 120GB: The cheapest option is the best choice in our opinion

We would not recommend a 120 GB SSD in 2017. The price per gigabyte is high, the performance is low and there is little choice in this market segment. It is only an option for entry-level PCs. The cheapest option is the best choice in our opinion, which means that the Intenso High Performance receives a Great Value award.
Solid State Buyers Guide: 69 SATA SSDs review

Samsung 850 Evo 250GB
23 November 2017

Samsung 850 Evo 250GB: The 850 Evo 250GB combines good performance with a long warranty

The 860 Evo 250GB is an excellent choice in our opinion. Mainly the good performance and long warranty appeal to us.
Solid State Buyers Guide: 69 SATA SSDs review

Samsung 960 Pro 512GB
18 February 2017

Samsung 960 Pro 512GB: The fastest PCI-Express SSD of 512GB

The Samsung 960 Pro 512GB is the fastest PCI-Express SSD that you can purchase at the moment.
17 PCI-Express SSDs round-up: the fastest SSDs

Crucial MX300 2TB
8 February 2017

Crucial MX300 2TB: Reasonably well performing 2TB SSD

The Crucial MX300 SSDs perform rather well, have extra features in terms of encryption and security of the buffer memory, while they still have a pleasantly low price per gigabyte.
Solid State Buyers Guide: 69 SATA SSDs review

Crucial MX300 275GB
9 January 2017

Crucial MX300 275GB: Excellent price / performance ratio

The Crucial MX300 SSDs perform rather well, have extra features in terms of encryption and security of the buffer memory, while they still have a pleasantly low price per gigabyte.
Solid State Buyers Guide: 69 SATA SSDs review

Samsung 960 Evo 1TB
9 December 2016

Samsung 960 Evo 1TB: A lot and affordable storage in M.2 format

The 960 Evo 1TB is slightly faster in every regard compared with its smaller brother. Outliers are the higher sequential write speed and the even better performance in the continuous activity tests.
17 PCI-Express SSDs round-up: the fastest SSDs

Samsung 960 Evo 500GB
16 November 2016

Samsung 960 Evo 500GB: Samsung brings NVMe-speed to lower price point

Samsung made their old 950 Pro redundant by releasing a faster and cheaper alternative. In the current landscape of PCIe-SSDs it is without a doubt a great deal and more than worthy of the Excellent Choice award. Important caveat remains that NVMe-SSDs, even now that their prices are going down slightly, are not yet for everyone.
17 PCI-Express SSDs round-up: the fastest SSDs

Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
18 October 2016

Samsung 960 Pro 1TB: Fastest M.2 SSD at the moment

The Samsung 960 Pro is a lot faster than its predecessor. Especially sequential and in the database and fileserver simulations it performs a lot better. The performance in real-world tests is better as well, although the difference is smaller here - and with daily use you will probably not notice this.
17 PCI-Express SSDs round-up: the fastest SSDs

Crucial MX300 1TB
24 August 2016

Crucial MX300 1TB: Excellent price / performance ratio

The Crucial MX300 SSDs perform rather well, have extra features in terms of encryption and security of the buffer memory, while they still have a pleasantly low price per gigabyte.
Solid State Buyers Guide: 69 SATA SSDs review

Crucial MX300 525GB
24 August 2016

Crucial MX300 525GB: Excellent price / performance ratio

The Crucial MX300 SSDs perform rather well, have extra features in terms of encryption and security of the buffer memory, while they still have a pleasantly low price per gigabyte.
Solid State Buyers Guide: 69 SATA SSDs review

Harddisk

Seagate Barracuda Pro 12TB
1 November 2017

Seagate Barracuda Pro 12TB: The biggest and fastest hard disk drive

The Barracuda Pro 12TB is not only the biggest, but also the fastest hard drive that we have ever tested. More good news? It is efficient as well!
Seagate Barracuda Pro 12TB review: the biggest hard drive ever

Seagate BarraCuda New 4TB
10 July 2017

Seagate BarraCuda New 4TB: Good performance for a sharp price

The latest iteration of the Seagate Barracuda 4TB leaves a good impression. The latest model is faster than its predecessor, but still not noisy. In terms of pure performance the Toshiba remains the winner, but in our opinion the Seagate is a better all-round product, that also has a sharp price.
Seagate Barracuda 4TB (ST4000DM005) review

Seagate IronWolf 10TB
6 March 2017

Seagate IronWolf 10TB: First 10TB NAS HDD impresses

The Seagate IronWolf 10TB is the first NAS-drive with this capacity, and it turns out to be a lot quieter and more economic when it comes to power usage than other models in the series. The price is not that steep either, which means it definitely deserves the Excellent Choice Award
NAS HDD review: 18 models compared

Seagate IronWolf 4TB
6 March 2017

Seagate IronWolf 4TB: Excellent drive with great performance.

The Seagate IronWolf 4TB is about as quiet as the other silent 4TB NAS hard drives, but it is a lot faster. In combination with the reasonable price this makes it an excellent choice
NAS HDD review: 18 models compared

Western Digital Red 3TB
6 March 2017

Western Digital Red 3TB: Best choice for a NAS

For use in a NAS it is best to use specifically optimized and validated drives. The Western Digital Red drives turn out to be unsurpassed for the combination of price, noise levels and power consumption
NAS HDD review: 18 models compared

Seagate Barracuda Pro 10TB
31 October 2016

Seagate Barracuda Pro 10TB: Big and expensive drive

The Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB is the biggest hard drive at the moment. Aside from that it is quiet. It does cost a lot: the average price is nearly {c:gb}515 pounds / 600 euros{/c:gb}{c:us}669 dollars{/c:us}.
22 6-10TB hard drives review: one drive, a lot of storage

Western Digital Red 8TB
31 October 2016

Western Digital Red 8TB: The best 8TB drive for a NAS

The Western Digital Red 8TB is a drive based on helium that is not that expensive. The idle noise levels are very impressive, while it does make a lot more noise under load. For a NAS this drive is an excellent choice.
22 6-10TB hard drives review: one drive, a lot of storage

Western Digital Red 6TB
31 October 2016

Western Digital Red 6TB: Best choice for a NAS

For use in a NAS it is best to use specifically optimized and validated hard drives. The Western Digital Red drives remain the best in terms of the combination of price, noise levels and power consumption.
22 6-10TB hard drives review: one drive, a lot of storage

Seagate Archive HDD 8TB
10 September 2016

Seagate Archive HDD 8TB: The cheapest 8TB hard drive

This Seagate is a mixed bag. The speed might not be something to write home about, and the SMR-technology means it has to work harder (meaning more wear and tear), but it is quiet and relatively cheap (while the price has risen substantially in the past months).
22 6-10TB hard drives review: one drive, a lot of storage

Toshiba MD04ACA 6TB
10 September 2016

Toshiba MD04ACA 6TB: Cheap 6TB hard drive with high noise levels

This Toshiba performs well and has a friendly price tag, but unfortunately has relatively high noise levels.
22 6-10TB hard drives review: one drive, a lot of storage

Toshiba X300 6TB
10 September 2016

Toshiba X300 6TB: Cheap 6TB hard drive with high noise levels

This Toshiba performs well and has a friendly price tag, but unfortunately has relatively high noise levels.
22 6-10TB hard drives review: one drive, a lot of storage

Western Digital Blue 6TB
10 September 2016

Western Digital Blue 6TB: Quiet, reasonably priced 6TB hard drive

The Western Digital Blue 6TB is part of the new desktop models from WD, and has a friendly price tag despite the low noise levels.
22 6-10TB hard drives review: one drive, a lot of storage

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