TOSHIBA HDD2K51 1TB SATA II 5400RPM HDD PERFORMANCE
Up until these tests, I hadn’t reviewed a hard drive for a few years, however, I do experience the lack of ‘umf’ daily in my work computer where I have no input with respect to the storage medium. These tests once again put into perspective exactly why I love solid state drives.
Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing. Lets see how the Toshiba HD2K51 5400RPM 1TB fares on Anvil Pro:
Once again, we are going to leave our Vantage tests until the end, however, I am sure you can take a guess on this ‘SSD lovers’ opinion of the hard drive in general. To start things off, its beneficial to remind the reader that, aside from the disk access speed, the small 4kb random writes are paramount to performance and play a large part in the visual upgrade the user will see in his upgrade to an SSD.
If we look back to the SSD which had 64MB/s low 4kb scores and compare that to the 0.95MB/s we see here for the HDD, thats an increase of 67 times! Lets look a bit deeper. The typical access time of the SSD is about .1ms whereas we can see that of the Toshiba HDD to be about 9ms at its quickest read speed. This is a performance jump of 90 times for the solid state drive.
In the end, we have to wonder what kind of a difference we might see with a SATA 3 or even a 7200RPM hard drive. We will get to it later but might as well give a heads up now. One cannot simply switch off hard drives on the RevoDrive 3 Hybrid as it invalidates the drives bios and the drive is no longer recognized.