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Real World Performance
Our real world performance testing begins with a Windows 7 image, loaded with our test suite, being cloned to a 50GB partition
at the beginning of each drive. The suite is run start to finish three times with a defragmentation (except for SSDs and hybrid drives) and reboot
Average times were collected for comparison.
Call of Duty 5 and Far Cry loaded fairly quickly but the NAS HDD's boot time was poor. We noticed the drive did have a slightly longer than average spin-up time but it wasn't enough to account for the greater than 10 second difference against most of the drives compared; this of course is less important for a NAS/server drive that's operating 24-7.
The NAS HDD slowed to a crawl during our ExactFile test, bringing down its overall application performance significantly.
Like the Red 4TB, the NAS HDD 4TB excelled in file transfers. It took third place behind the speedy VelociRaptor 1TB and WD Se 4TB.
Fractions of a second typically determine the winner of our installation tests, so the NAS HDD's poor result installing PowerDVD was notable. Overall, its performance was average.
To accurately represent the overall performance of the drives, we gave each model a proportional score in each real world benchmark series (loading, application, file copying, and installation), with each benchmark set equally weighted. A perfectly average drive would be awarded 25 points in each category for a total of 100 points.
Using this scoring system, the NAS HDD 4TB placed dead center amongst the crop of drives we compared. Despite its lower rotational speed, the WD Red 4TB was 6% faster.
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