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

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PCMark 7

PCMark 7 Benchmarking

This is our first use of Futuremark PCMark 7 for a processor review.
PCMark 7 which is specifically designed for Windows 7. It measures the
performance of the latest PC hardware across a variety of common
scenarios. PCMark Vantage 7 supports both system level and component
level benchmarking and comprises several different test suites but for
the purposes of this review, we employed the secondary storage suite.
The nice thing about it is that you can submit your scores online and
compare against others.

Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB USB 3.0 Results:

PCMark Vantage Benchmarking

Benchmark Results: Looking at the PCMark 7 secondary storage test the WD My Passport Essential drive scored 1395, which is very respectable for an external drive using the USB 3.0 connection. In the past saw 1357 points  on a Hitachi 5K500 320GB hard drive on the internal SATA III port. Both drives are 5400 RPMs and both scored right around 1400 points on the secondary storage benchmark. You can see the detailed results in the image above if you wanted to see the individual test results.

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