Are you looking for huge storage that won’t hurt the pocketbook? Easily done, since the 500GB RE2 drive we are looking at today retails for around $250. Does it have the performance you are looking for?
Throughout all of our benchmarks regardless of what we are reviewing, testing is done in a clean and stand-alone version of Windows XP Professional with SP2. Prior to testing, these conditions are met:
If you are interested in using the same benchmarks as us, feel free to visit the developers website:
The testing rig used for today’s benchmarking is as follows:
Note: You can read the review of the Seagate 500GB here, for all the info regarding it, including specs. Like the WD RE2, it also is 7200RPM, 16MB Cache.
HD Tach is one of my personal favorite tools for testing out storage solutions. It can perform tests on an 8MB, 32MB and Extended level, and spit out reliable info such as Average speeds and latencies.
It doesn’t look like any other hard drive is going to be able to touch Seagates Burst speed anytime soon. Thankfully, that’s not the truly important result here. Rather, the Average MB/s is, and we can see that our WD drive cleaned up here. It proved almost 10MB/s faster than the Seagate on average, which I found quite surprising.
HD Tune is quite similar to HD Tach, but it is always good to have a second opinion.
The results are pretty congruent with HD Tune… WD is a clear winner. 10MB/s is not a small difference!