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Western Digital Red Series Review: A Low Cost Validated NAS Specific HDD - Benchmarks - AIDA64 Random Access Time

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

AIDA64 Random Access Time


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AIDA64 offers several different benchmarks for testing and optimizing your system or network. The Random Access test is one of very few if not only that will measure hard drives random access times in hundredths of milliseconds as oppose to tens of milliseconds.


Drives with only one or two tests displayed in the write test mean that they have failed the test and their Maximum and possibly their Average Scores were very high after the cache fills. This usually happens only with controllers manufactured by JMicron and Toshiba.




The dynamic platter speeds keep the disk spinning at the lower end of the speed scale to lower energy usage and you can see that when comparing access times with the new 1TB VelociRaptor with 10K platters. This isn't an issue when using the Red in a NAS because you have so many other high latency components in the path.




The write access has the same relevance as the read access for NAS use. When you are going over Ethernet, through a switch, over copper wires you have other points of latency that are higher than your drives.

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