WD RE 4TB Hard Drive Review

by Rob Williams on January 21, 2013 in Storage

There’s a relative lack of 4TB hard drive options on the market at the moment, but those looking for enthusiast or enterprise models are well taken care of. We’ve already taken a look at WD’s enthusiast part, the Black 4TB, so now it’s time to shift our attention to the feature-packed and enterprise-focused RE.

Synthetic: PCMark 7

Futuremark’s PCMark benchmarking suite should need no introduction – it’s been a staple of PC benchmarking for the better half of a decade. PCMark offers a range of tests to gauge every aspect of a computer’s performance and presents it in a simple final result. Thankfully, it also breaks down the overall score with individual subsystem scores (such as Memory, Storage, et cetera) in addition to providing individual test results.

As we’re not too concerned with the performance of the PC as a whole, for our testing here we deselect all default tests and run only the “Secondary Storage” suite, with the hard drive in question as the chosen drive. Tests in this suite range from the loading of applications, running a Windows Defender scan, editing video, gaming and more.

PCMark 7 Professional

In our look at WD’s Black 4TB a couple of weeks ago, we saw its performance in PCMark 7 fall behind the Black 2TB – a little odd since we expected it to be about the same. The same thing can’t be said about the RE 4TB, however, as it matches the Black 2TB in the overall test, and flip-flops strengths with it in the rest of the tests. By all accounts, the Black 2TB is a very fast mechanical drive, so for the RE 4TB to match it is very nice to see.

  • Christian_H

    Regarding the folder copy and folder transfer. What’s in them? Big chunk of files or small files?

    • http://www.facebook.com/deathspawner Rob Williams

      It’s all over the place. It’s meant to mimic a typical user’s “Documents” folder, so it includes a slight dab of music, lots of pictures and a ton of random documents. The largest file is about 300MB, the smallest is 1KB. Here’s a verbose look at the folder if you’re truly interested in the nitty gritty:


    • Jason Hall

      windows has a rather high copy latency with 8.3 filenames… if you don’t need it disable legacy 8.3 support. I watched large directories that took days to transfer finish in under 4 minutes without legacy 8.3 support…

      • http://www.facebook.com/deathspawner Rob Williams

        I’ve never heard of this before. Will give things a test soon and see how our copy processes fare.

      • Christian_H