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Western Digital Red Series Review: A Low Cost Validated NAS Specific HDD - Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro

Western Digital releases a drive specifically for your home and small business NAS. Now you don't have to worry what hard drive will work in your NAS.

By: | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Jul 18, 2012 4:02 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Western Digital

HD Tune Pro

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 4.00

Developer Homepage: http://www.efdsoftware.com

Product Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com

 

HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:

 

Benchmark: measures the performance

Info: shows detailed information

Health: checks the health status by using SMART

Error Scan: scans the surface for errors

Temperature display

 

HD Tune Pro gives us accurate read, write and access time results and for the last couple of years has been gaining popularity amongst reviewers. It is now considered a must have application for storage device testing.

 

 

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As with all mechanical drives you have a high side and a low side when reading and writing data. The average speed gives you a good indication of "in the middle" performance. The Red 1TB starts out very strong with a 153.4 MB/s read speed in this sequential test, but at the slowest point on the single platter achieves just 67.3 MB/s. The average is still 116MB/s which is very good for a NAS users because even with just one drive you can saturate a gigabit Ethernet connection.

 

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When writing data to the Red we observed nearly the same performance. The average speed was 113 MB/s with the minimum at 64.2 MB/s.

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