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We start off with synthetic results from the popular HD Tune and CrystalDiskMark
utilities. They don't tell the whole story of course, but it's a quick gauge
of relative performance between drives, and easily reproducible by our readers
The NAS HDD did well in HD Tune's transfer rate benchmark, which measures sequential speed across the entire disk, finishing just behind the Se 4TB, Western Digital's 7,200 RPM enterprise class drive, and well ahead the Red 4TB, suggesting superior file transfer speeds. Access times weren't great but that's par for the course when it comes to 5,400/5,900 RPM models.
The random read/write results from CrystalDiskMark are more representative
of the day-to-day workload of a desktop OS rather than processing large chunks
of sequential data (file transfers). With large 512K blocks, the NAS HDD acquitted
itself nicely, just ahead of the Red but a tumble with the smaller 4K block
size made it essentially a wash.
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