WD My Passport Essential 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Review

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Test System and Drive Info

Before we look at the numbers, here is a brief glance at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.

Intel Z68 Platform

Intel Z68 Test System

The Intel Z68 platform that we used to test the Intel Pentium Processor G620 was running the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard with BIOS F4
that came out on 6/22/2011. This board uses an Etron EJ168 controller for USB 3.0 and we ran driver version 1.0.0.105 (8/23/2011) on the test system.  The Kingston HyperX T1 8GB 1866MHz memory kit was set to 1866MHz with 1.5v and 9-10-9-28 1T memory timings.

Intel Z68 Test Settings

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Pentium G620

Motherboard

Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Click Here

Memory

8GB Kingston HyperX 1866 Click Here

Video Card

n/a

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Hard Drive

Crucial C300 256GB SSD

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Cooling

Intel

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Power Supply

Corsair HX850W

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Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit

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Detailed Information with HD Tune Pro 4.61:

HD Tune Pro 4.61 Info

I fired up HD Tune Pro to take a look at the health of the drive and to see the drive attributes. I noticed that the drive features a 1MB alignment out of the box on a NTFS file system. I also noticed that WD is using a 5400 RPM 2.5″ SATA notebook hard drive inside.

Detailed Information with CrystalDiskInfo 4.0.2:

CrystalDiskInfo

I also fired up CrystalDiskInfo and it showed basically the same information, but I know some readers prefer one over the other, so both were included.

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