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Toshiba P300 3TB HDD review

Amazon's most popular HDD gets put to the test

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Looking for a hard drive to store your media? This 3 TB drive is the top result on Amazon right now, so let’s see if it’s earned that place. Here’s our review of the Toshiba P300!


 

Toshiba P300 HDD deals

$74.99
£72.98

 

Specifications & Design

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  • Format: 3.5-inch SATA drive
  • Capacities: 0.5 TB / 1TB / 2TB / 3TB
  • Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
  • Buffer: 64MB
  • Dimensions: 147 x 101.6 x 26.1 mm
  • Weight: 680 grams
  • Warranty: 2 years

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Features: Shock sensor, Native Command Queuing (NCQ), Halogen Free, Tunnel Magneto-resistive Recording (TMR) Head Technology, Ramp Load, Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), Advanced Format technology, Dual Stage Actuator (DSA), Data Protection Technology


 

Benchmarks

We’ll be comparing the P300 against our previous contenders, including internal and external drives, to see how it stacks up against the competition.

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We’ll be testing the drive in our XSR test rig, which has a Core i5 6600K processor, 16GB of Crucial DDR4 RAM and runs Windows 10.

Thanks to NZXT for providing the Manta case and Kraken X61 liquid cooler. Thanks to Samsung for providing the Evo 850 M.2 boot drive. Thanks to Zoostorm and Crucial for providing the DDR4 RAM.


CrystalDiskMark

CrystalDiskMark has been one of my favourite benchmarks for evaluating storage speeds for a while now, thanks to its varied incompressible workload and extremely readable results. Here’s the 3.0.3 x64 version of the benchmark; all results are in MB/s.

CDM 3 ReadSeq512K4K4K QD32
Toshiba P300 HDD150480.61.6
Toshiba H200 Hybrid115380.62.5
Toshiba Canvio Premium118430.50.6
Samsung T33863513335
Sandisk Z41050835713146
Samsung 850 Evo M.250244745368
Samsung 850 Evo51347238408
Samsung 840 Evo51547335397
Corsair Neutron GTX45037627328

 

CDM 3 WriteSeq512K4K4K QD32
Toshiba P300 HDD155690.61.0
Toshiba H200 Hybrid114522224
Toshiba Canvio Premium117501.31.3
Samsung T33573526977
Sandisk Z41040735597250
Samsung 850 Evo M.2474394113316
Samsung 850 Evo50447968352
Samsung 840 Evo50039086313
Corsair Neutron GTX48046869158

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The P300 performs as expected in the test, providing reasonably fast read and write speeds for sequential data (e.g. large files) of about 150 MB/s. That’s about three times slower than most of the SSDs we’ve tested, which is not bad at all for a mechanical disk. In fact, it’s the fastest mechanical drive we’ve tested recently.


AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD is another benchmarking tool quite similar to CrystalDiskMark, which uses predominantly incompressible data across a range of workloads including sequential tests, random performance and access times. First three numbers are MB/s and access time is in ms.

AS SSD ReadSeq4K4K QD64Acc. TimeScore
Toshiba P300 HDD1550.51.6N/A18
Toshiba H200 Hybrid731.81526.315
Toshiba Canvio Premium1130.50.623.02112
Samsung T334524320.10091
Sandisk Z410501111450.045206
Samsung 850 Evo M.2493403280.093417
Samsung 850 Evo516343820.059467
Samsung 840 Evo513323300.059413
Corsair Neutron GTX507253340.068N/A

 

AS SSD WriteSeq4K4K QD64Acc. TimeScore
Toshiba P300 HDD1140.50.616.713
Toshiba H200 Hybrid4619518.239
Toshiba Canvio Premium1110.50.517.612
Samsung T336756710.055163
Sandisk Z410407782150.237333
Samsung 850 Evo M.2475952510.075393
Samsung 850 Evo497662990.051415
Samsung 840 Evo497692070.054326
Corsair Neutron GTX473622950.062N/A

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We got a repeated error message when trying to measure the read access time, so that measurement has been omitted. In any case, the sequential read and write speeds are impressive, and are in keeping with our other results.


ATTO Disk Benchmark

ATTO produces rather less comprehensible results than CrystalDiskMark, but still provides a good test of compressible data transfer. It also provides a lot of data points; I’ve selected six from across the range. Settings were the default: 256MB total length and queue depth of 4, testing from 1KB to 8MB. All results are in MB/s.

Atto Read1KB4KB64KB256KB1MB8MB
Toshiba P300 HDD2785129123135190
Toshiba H200 Hybrid92026262626
Toshiba Canvio Premium933117117117118
Samsung T31867329371377404
Sandisk Z41078247518531536533
Samsung 850 Evo M.283286537553552553
Samsung 850 Evo80269538551558558
Samsung 840 Evo94280535551555555
Corsair Neutron GTX1561336452530540

 

Atto Write1KB4KB64KB256KB1MB8MB
Toshiba P300 HDD1674120113123128
Toshiba H200 Hybrid32537555353
Toshiba Canvio Premium1041115115116116
Samsung T32071315365366388
Sandisk Z41069184419423426428
Samsung 850 Evo M.279251510526525525
Samsung 850 Evo83255519529534534
Samsung 840 Evo81260515527533534
Corsair Neutron GTX15142474470493498

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The Atto test gives a better idea of how performance changes across a range of data sizes. Read and writes speeds were largely between three and four times as slow as our test SSDs at larger sizes (e.g. 1MB and above), but results at 32KB were also pretty reasonable — 118 MB/s writing and 134 MB/s reading. Curiously, performance dipped after 32KB, and didn’t reach these levels again until the 512KB size test — weird. Still, it’s an encouraging result for a 7200 RPM drive, and perhaps speaks to the laundry list of features Toshiba included.


HD Tune Pro

We conclude with HD Tune Pro, a benchmark which produces three scores for average read speed, read access time, and burst read rate.

 

HD Tune Pro 5.50 ReadAverageAccess TimeBurst Rate
Toshiba P300 HDD126 MB/s14.6 ms294 MB/s
Toshiba H200 Hybrid90 MB/s16.9 ms87 MB/s
Toshiba Canvio Premium114 MB/s17.9 ms140 MB/s
Samsung T3269 MB/s0.090 ms171 MB/s
Sandisk Z410358 MB/s0.035 ms140 MB/s
Samsung 850 Evo M.2321 MB/s0.087 ms221 MB/s
Samsung 850 Evo370 MB/s0.044 ms250 MB/s
Samsung 840 Evo358 MB/s0.041 ms231 MB/s
Corsair Neutron GTX340 MB/s0.059 ms231 MB/s

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The P300 displays a lot of variance in its transfer rates, as you can see by the zig-zagging line above. Even compared to past HDDs, it’s quite different. However, the 294 MB/s burst rate and 126 MB/s average transfer rate is commendable, on the upper end of what we’d expect from a modern HDD. Access times are also slightly lower than expected, coming in just under 15 ms.


 

Wrap-up

The Toshiba P300 is an excellent modern hard drive that boasts strong performance at a very reasonable price.

 

Toshiba P300 HDD deals

$74.99
£72.98
Pros

☆ Good read / write performance for an HDD
☆ Data protection shock sensor is nice to have
☆ Good value for money

Cons

☆ 2 years is a short warranty period

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Boasting advanced technology and strong performance, there's little we can say against this 3 TB drive from Toshiba. If you're in the market for a new hard drive to store your (legally downloaded, natch) videos, music and photos, this is a great choice.

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