Western Digital RED 4TB Hard Drive Review

Author: AkG
Date: December 3, 2013
Product Name: RED 4TB
Part Number: WD40EFRX
Warranty: 3 Years
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Read Bandwidth

For this benchmark, HD Tune Pro was used. It shows the potential read speed which you are likely to experience with these storage devices. We donít put much stock in Burst speed readings and thus we no longer included it. The most important number is the Average Speed number. This number will tell you what to expect from a given drive in normal, day to day operations. The higher the average the faster your entire system will seem.

Write Performance

For this benchmark HD Tune Pro was used. To run the write benchmark on a drive, you must first remove all partitions from that drive and then and only then will it allow you to run this test. Unlike some other benchmarking utilities the HD Tune Pro writes across the full area of the drive, thus it easily shows any weakness a drive may have.

Please note: Due to the way HD Tune tests write performance, we were unable to test any drives in RAID configuration. As such, they have all been left out of this chart.

Even though this new RED model makes use of 1 TB platters it still relies upon a rather slow 5400RPM rotational speed. This tends to handicap it somewhat but nonetheless, average read and write speeds are still respectable. Not that many generations ago, this level of performance would have required a 7200RPM spindle speed.

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