Real Gentlemen: Budget IDE Hard Drives

Application Performance

Here you can see what I've already mentioned above: The Western Digital drives regularly achieve good application results, although the data transfer performance and access time does not seem to be too fast at the first look. If you run standard applications like Word, Excel, your Browser and similar stuff, this WD drives is as fast as some 7,200 rpm drives - at clearly lower noise emissions.

Current performance drives score approximately 20,000 to 23,000 points. In that respect, the three performance drives do not look bad in this benchmark. The difference between 5,400 and 7,200 rpm does not seem to be that much here.