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Western Digital 1TB WD RE4 Enterprise Hard Drive Review

Western Digital 1TB WD RE4 Enterprise Hard Drive Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this review PCSTATS is testing out a 3.5" Western Digital RE4 WD1003FBYX hard drive. The WD RE4 WD1003FBYX is a 1.0TB hard drive which utilizes Perpendicular Magnetic Recording and operates on the 3Gb/s SATA II interface. It features StableTrac, IntelliSeek, NoTouch ramp loading head technology, a multi-axis shock sensor, RAFF technology and RAID specific Time Limited Error Recovery.
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HDD Benchmark: File Transfer & Conclusions

File Copying

For this test a single 8.5GB file is copied from an OCZ Vertex 2 SSD system disk to the test disk (write to), from the test disk to the OCZ Vertex 2 SSD (read from), and from the test disk to itself (read and write to self). While this test is heavily influenced by the SATA controller and by the number of files being transferred, it provides a good indication of the sustained transfer rates capable from the hard drive being tested. Higher transfer speeds are best.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportLarge File Transfer Test - 8.5GB Single File
Avg. Speed: Write To: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD 56
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD (RAID 0) 54
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD (RAID 1) 60
OCZ Vertex 2 128GB SSD 56
Plextor PX-128M1S SSD 51
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT HDD 63
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT HDD 63
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT SSHD 63
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT SSHD 39
Avg. Speed: Read From: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD 84
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD (RAID 0) 58
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD (RAID 1) 46
OCZ Vertex 2 128GB SSD 49
Plextor PX-128M1S SSD 63
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT HDD 48
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT HDD 48
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT SSHD 47
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT SSHD 45
Avg. Speed: Read / Write To Self: (MB/s) Points Ranking
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD 60
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD (RAID 0) 95
Western Digital RE4 1TB WD1003FBYX HDD (RAID 1) 51
OCZ Vertex 2 128GB SSD 60
Plextor PX-128M1S SSD 48
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT HDD 50
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT HDD 48
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT SSHD 38
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT SSHD 36

A simple copying test in Windows Explorer illustrates the basic advantages this 1TB Western Digital RE4 drive brings to the table.

Breaking the Reliability Barrier?

Hard drive capacity is always on the up and up, with the RE4 series of drives, Western Digital has sought to improve reliability for 100% active use situations by bridging the gap between desktop storage solutions and purpose built sever storage solutions like SAS.

What's notable about Western Digital's 3.5" desktop 1TB WD RE4 hard drive is its two platter 7200RPM spindle speed, 64MB of onboard cache and 3Gb/s SATA II, NCQ support and 1.2million hour MTBF rating.

As we saw in the benchmarks, the 1TB Western Digital RE4 drive performs slightly better in most respects than a competing Western Digital Caviar Black drive. On the price per GB front, the 1TB Western Digital RE4 disk runs about $0.129/GB, or $129USD. While SSDs are markedly faster, at a price of nearly ~$1.58/GB (120GB) SSDs are hardly cost effective for storing GBs of movie, television and music data.

Hard drives are the fundamental building blocks of every computer system, it's good to know that Western Digital is so confident about about its WD RE4 series that the company backs each drive with a 5 year warranty! That's commitment. Whatever type of PC you're building, the 1TB Western Digital RE4 is a worthwhile "enterprise class" storage device to consider.

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Contents of Article: Western Digital WD1003FBYX
 Pg 1.  Western Digital 1TB WD RE4 Enterprise Hard Drive Review
 Pg 2.  HDD Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 3.  HDD Benchmarks: HD Tune Pro Read / Write
 Pg 4.  HDD Benchmarks: Sandra 2011
 Pg 5.  HDD Benchmarks: HD Tach
 Pg 6.  — HDD Benchmark: File Transfer & Conclusions

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