WD RE 4TB Hard Drive Review

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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.