SiSoft SANDRA Results
We began our testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA File System benchmark module. This test's method of hard disk performance analysis it what we would consider a "light duty" consumer-level evaluation tool. The folks in IT would have your head for recommending a drive based solely on SANDRA File System test results. However, the benchmark is a popular utility within the performance PC enthusiast community, and it does provide a decent quick glance at high-level throughput characteristics of the total storage subsystem, which of course includes HDD controllers and other associated system components.
The Scorpio WD2500BEVS manages to impress us right away. As you can see in this first set of results, the Scorpio WD2500BEVS offers considerably better performance than the Toshiba MK1032GSX. Additionally, it performs quite admirably even when compared to its 3.5" 7200RPM bigger brother, the WD5000KS.
Not surprisingly, the Sandra write scores echo those found above in the read tests. The Scorpio WD2500BEVS surpasses the Toshiba MK1032GSX by more than a respectable margin, and it doesn't lag too far behind the more powerful desktop drive.
Most of you are probably familiar with Sandra's Drive Index rating, and this graph basically does a nice job of summarizing what we saw above in the read and write tests.