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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB Mobile Hard Drive Review
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by Rob Williams on August 17, 2011 in Hard Drives

Mobile warriors have their advantages, but storage isn’t one of them. It’s not uncommon to see desktop users with multiple TBs of hard drives, but notebook users tend to suffer with 500 or 750GB options. Western Digital, with its 9.5mm tall WD10JPVT, wants to change that – and trust us when we say that it’s well worth looking into.

Synthetic: PCMark 7

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

For our testing here, we treat the drive as a target (“Secondary storage suite”) rather than benchmark it with an OS installed on it. Thus, our performance will be a bit better than those who benchmark the same drives with an OS installed – but benchmarking this way could introduce variances and potential bottlenecks.

PCMark 7 Professional

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB WD10JPVT

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB WD10JPVT

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB WD10JPVT

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB WD10JPVT

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB WD10JPVT

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB WD10JPVT

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB WD10JPVT

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB WD10JPVT

As has become a theme, WD’s Scorpio Blue 1TB manages to wipe the floor with the 750GB variant, proving that areal density is king where mechanical drives are concerned.