Western Digital Red 3TB & 1TB Hard Drives

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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 defragmentation (except for SSDs and hybrid drives) and reboot between runs. Average times were collected for comparison.

The 1TB Red was a huge disappointment in our loading tests with an atrocious boot time. It finished dead last, well behind even a 5400 RPM notebook drive, the WD Scorpio Blue 1TB. The 3TB version fared much better, trailing the 7200 RPM WD Caviar Black 2TB by a slim margin and booting up eight seconds ahead of an older model WD Caviar Green 2TB.

In our application testing, the Red 3TB delivered superb performance edging out the VelociRaptor 600GB, the second faster hard drive we've ever tested. The 1TB model performed as one would expect, faster than the Scorpio Blue, but slower than the 7200RPM Barracuda XT.

Both samples were fairly impressive in our file copy test, with the 3TB model breezing past the Barracuda XT and Caviar Black. The 1TB was noticeably slower but blew away the Seagate Momentus XT, a 7,200 RPM hybrid notebook drive.

The Reds finished out our test suite with a mediocre results in timed installations of PowerDVD and 3DMark Vantage. The 3TB Red failed to match the Barracuda XT and the 1TB model finished barely ahead of the WD Scorpio Blue.

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