WD Se 4TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review

WD Se Enterprise Hard Drive
by Rob Williams on May 28, 2013 in Storage

With its “Se” series of enterprise hard drives, WD is targeting those in need of “bulk storage”, whether it be in a datacenter or NAS. Its biggest perk is that it almost perfectly mimics the company’s Re drives, boasting a 5-year warranty, models ranging from 2 – 4TB, and best of all, a price tag of up to $80 less.

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

On account of the fact that the Se series is spec’d similarly to the Re series, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see such good performance here. 50% of the time, the 4TB Se drive surpasses the 4TB Black enthusiast drive. Against the Re, though, it’s clear that WD serves up some exclusive optimizations there.

Let’s see if these trends continue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hubertj.farnsworth.129 Hubert J Farnsworth

    Sounds like great HD’s

  • Kean2000

    “Power-On Hours 8760″ what is this?

    • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

      A fancy way of saying 24/7 operation (8760 / 24 = 365).

  • thomcherryhomes

    I’ve now switched entirely to the WD Re disks for _all_ of my storage needs..they really are built insanely well, not to mention they have much better heat dissipation than the equivalent consumer drive (this is especially true for the 250GB and 500GB units!). The Se is just as compelling.

    • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

      I agree. It sucks to cough up the extra $$$ for the drives, but they’re built for long life and constant use.