Do You Need A New Hard Drive With Your Windows 7 Upgrade?

Benchmark Results: Access Time And I/O Performance

Surprisingly, the first result shows the new Deskstar 7K2000 to be slower, as the average read access time is 13% longer on the new drive versus the three year old Deskstar E7K500.

Write access time doesn’t differ much, though.

Hitachi’s latest high-capacity drive manages to outperform its aged predecessor by 47% in the database test (143 vs. 97 IOPS).

File server I/O performance runs 30% higher on the new Desktstar 7K2000 (139 vs. 107 IOPS).

The Web server test does not return better performance on the new drive, but the difference is small.

Finally, the workstation benchmark delivers 143 vs. 116 IOPS in favor of the new Deskstar 7K2000 (+23%).