WD Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive Review

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CrystalDiskMark Testing

CrystalDiskMark is a synthetic test that evaluates both sequential as well as random small and large file transfers.  It does a nice job of providing a quick look at best and worst case scenarios with regard to hard drive performance, best case being large sequential transfers and worse case being small, random 4K transfers. 

CrystalDiskMark Benchmarks
Synthetic File Transfer Tests

Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB


Seagate Barracuda XT 3Gb/s


Western Digital RE4

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11

The Caviar Green 3TB offers competitive read speeds at 149MB/s, especially considering it was second only to the RE4 in this area. But as we saw with SANDRA testing, its write speeds are slowest of the group. Still, we were pleasantly surprised by its CrystalDiskMark performance numbers overall.

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