Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 5940RPM Hard Drive

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Real World Performance (Continued)

When it came to copying files to itself, the 5K3000 beat out every drive in our comparison except the high-end Caviar Black and Barracuda XT.

In timed installs of PowerDVD and 3DMark06, the 5K3000 wasn't as impressive but it still beat out every other sub 7200 RPM model tested.

Overall Performance

To gauge the overall performance of the drives, we assigned a score of 25 to the drive that excelled most in each benchmark series (loading, application, file copying, and installation) and the rest proportionally, giving each benchmark set an equal weighting. Of the drives compared, the WD Caviar Black 2TB was the fastest, scoring close to a perfect 100.

Despite its lower rotational speed, the 5K3000 squeaked out a slim win over the 7K1000.C and Caviar Blue, making it the fastest eco-friendly drive we've come across. Note that our tests were performed on a 50GB partition at beginning of the drive where it's fastest; it's what you can expect if you store your operating system there but isn't representative of the entire span of the drive.

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