WD Scorpio Black 320GB SATA Hard Drive Review

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HD Tune v3.50 – Random Access

When HD Tune Pro 3.50 was released in December 2008 it included a brand new Random Access test. The random access read and write test is a very important performance area to look at on solid state drives as some controllers have problems with random writes. Just for fun we figured we’d include this test for the WD Scorpio Black 320GB hard drive in the event that some of our readers would be interested in how one of the fastest hard drives stacks up to solid state drives like these in our past reviews.

Random Access Read Test Results:

HD Tune Random Access Benchmark

Benchmark Results: When it comes to the Random Access read performance the Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB hard drive does well with smaller file sizes, but slows down slightly with larger file sizes.

Random Access Write Test Results:

HD Tune Random Access Benchmark

Benchmark Results: The Random Access write performance test results were actually better than the read scores. The random access write times were between 6.1-16ms which is impressive as the same test on the Corsair P256 SSD has scores of .4-20ms. Not bad for an ‘old school’ drive with platters.

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