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Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green Review: Bigger and Quieter!

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Western Digital

Testing Methodology and System Setup

Testing Methods

We have switched to an upgraded storage testing rig so we can reach the greater IOPS of modern Solid State Drives.  Future reviews will use updated values as we re-run our test suite on previous hardware.  Luckily, the upgrade had a negligible effect on standard hard disks.

2TB Green Beastie awaits testing goodness...

Our tests are a good mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. 
PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out
the selection to cover just about all bases.  If you have any questions
about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out!

Test System Setup

For this test we had to play a bit of catch up, since the largest drive we had previously benched was the WD Caviar SE16 750GB.  To round out the testing, we brought in both early and late models of the WD 1TB GP.  A little known fact is that WD silently updated their earlier GP line, dropping the platter count from 4 to 3 and simultaneously increasing aureal density from 250GB/platter to just over 333GB/platter.

Hard Drive Test System Setup


Intel Core i7 920


Asus P6T


Corsair Dominator 6GB DDR3-1600

Hard Drive

Intel X25-M 80GB SSD

WD VelociRaptor 300GB WD3000GLFS

WD Caviar Green WD10EACS-00ZJB0


WD Caviar Green WD10EACS-22D6B0


WD Caviar Green WD20EADS-00R6B0


Sound Card

Asus Xonar D1

Video Card

EVGA Geforce GTX 260 Core 216

Video Drivers

Geforce 181.22

Power Supply Corsair 620HX

DirectX Version


Operating System

Windows XP X64 SP2

  • PCMark05
  • Yapt
  • IOMeter
  • HDTach
  • HDTune

  • PCPer File Copy Test

October 13, 2011 | 10:33 AM - Posted by webcrea (not verified)

I learned a lot here but have not yet been able to open my case. Fortunately, I’ve lost no data. All my losses have been the backups of data on internal drives. Ironically, the backup drives failed, never the drives they were protecting. I intend to buy a replacement, but never again a Western Digital. I have two Maxtors running four & two years respectively. My next purchase will be another Maxtor.

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