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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.


  • danwat1234

    3 years later and still the Scorpio Black is stuck at 750GB …… sigh. But I think finally SMR and HAMR are starting to take off

    • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

      I think WD has basically replaced the Black with the Black2, which is the model that has 1TB of storage alongside 120GB of SSD storage. It’s the best of both worlds: A fast SSD for your OS and apps, and lots of storage for other things – all in a single drive.

      • danwat1234

        Well also, that is 1TB of storage with 2x500GB at 5400RPM, the same as the Scorpio Blue. Also 3 year old tech.
        At least Hitachi has the Travelstar 7K1000 (2x 500GB @ 7200RPM). Samsung should eventually release the 2TB version of their M9T (3x667GB/platter at 5400 RPM, 9.5mm).

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