WD Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive Review

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SiSoft SANDRA 2010

Testing began with SiSoftware's SANDRA XII, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provided the results from our comparison drives. The benchmarks were run without formatting and read performance metrics are detailed below. We also included SANDRA's graph so you are able to see how the drive performs over time along with the average rated result.

 SiSoft SANDRA 2010
 Synthetic Benchmark


Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB


Seagate Barracuda XT 3Gb/s


Western Digital RE4


Seagate Barracuda 7200.11

The Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB hit 100MB/s read performance. It was about 10% slower than Seagate's Barracuda XT and WD RE4, but was on par with the older Barracuda 7200.11.





Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB

 


Seagate Barracuda XT 3Gb/s

 


Western Digital RE4


Seagate Barracuda 7200.11

With write performance at 76MB/s, the Caviar Green trailed the other drives we tested by a wide margin. On average, it was 45% slower in this benchmark. 


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