Saturday, October 29, 2011

WD Scorpio Blue 1TB ( Western Digital ) Review

The need for large-capacity storage media continues to increase, including for portable computer / notebook (laptop) users. Well, Western Digital (WD) Scorpio Blue 1TB try to answer those needs.

Although made ​​in a 2.5-inch form factor but this product is classified as having a large capacity, which is 1 TB. Not only that, this hard drive also has a pretty good specs, as much as 8 MB cache, 5400 RPM, SATA interface and uses 2-speed 3 Gb / s.

As for size, despite its large size but the thickness of the WD Scorpio Blue 1TB is only about 9.5 mm, thinner than previous product the same capacity that is 12.5 mm. This means this product can be used almost in all the notebooks in circulation. Then what about performance?

Blue frill on a 1TB WD Scorpio Blue indicates that this product has a performance of the middle class. Black Label for upscale and Green for the line of energy-efficient hard drive. So before buying a user can decide in advance which ones as needed.

For performance 1TB WD Scorpio Blue is promising. When used to copy a file of 8.74 GB average speed of this product is stuck at 19 MB / sec. As a result, it took about 7 minutes to complete the process.

That's when used to copy files using TeraCopy application, whereas when tested using HD Tune Pro 4.61 applications on average speed of these products reach 86 MB / s, with a maximum speed of 112 MB ​​/ sec and a minimum of 34 MB / sec. Not fast enough?

Besides promising adequate performance of these products are also equipped with features WD Advanced Format Hard Drive, which is a new standard classification for each sector of hard drive.

Typically, most hard drives will write data blocks with 512 bytes per sector, while these products can be larger at 4 MB per sector. Impact, the amount of the truncated when formatted capacity will be less than before. But surely there is a need specialized applications and hardware that is sufficient to enjoy the feature.

In conclusion, although not as yet the fastest hard drives WD Scorpio Blue 1TB is still quite reliable with an average speed of 86 MB / s. That alone is enough if it is used as the primary hard drive, and excellent when used as a second hard drive.

Specifications 1TB WD Scorpio Blue
  • Form Factor: 2.5 "x 1/8H (100.2mm x 69.85 x 9.5mm)
  • Capacity: 1.0 TB
  • Interface: Serial ATA-300
  • Buffer: 8 MB
  • Seek Time: 12.0 ms
  • Average Latency: 5:50 ms
  • Spindle Speed​​: 5400 RPM
  • Power Use: 1:40 Watts Read / Write, 0:59 and 0:18 Watts at idle Watts Sleep / Standby

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