WD VelociRaptor 1TB and Scorpio Blue 500GB

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Real World Performance

A Windows 7 image loaded with our test suite was cloned to a 50GB partition at the beginning of each drive and our entire test suite was run start to finish three times with a reboot and defragmentation between runs. Average times were collected for comparison.

Right out of the gate, the new VelociRaptor has a nice start in our loading tests, eclipsing the old 600GB variant and even the OCZ RevoDrive, a PCI-E based SSD. Against recently reviewed notebook drives, the Scorpio Blue came in last, but its total completion time was only 0.4 seconds longer than its 1TB compatriot.

In application testing, the VelociRaptor 1TB attained the fastest times of any physical hard drive we've tested by a healthy margin. It didn't come close to SSD numbers in the ExactFile test, however. The Scorpio Blue did a bit better here, beating out the 1TB Scorpio Blue but failing to catch the 7200 RPM Seagate Momentus 750GB.

When it came to copying files to itself, the VelociRaptor 1TB impressed, finishing ahead of a Kingston V+100 SSD. The Scorpio Blue brought up the rear.

The VelociRaptor finished our test suite with a mediocre result in timed installations of PowerDVD and 3DMark06. The Scorpio Blue finished just behind the Scorpio Black 750GB, one of the fastest laptop hard drives on the market.

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