The battle begins Western Digital vs Maxtor...
For this test I will compare the two “Eco" versions of hard discs, which have lower than average power consumption and are quieter than a normal HDD. The Maxtor Hard Disc Company is now known as Seagate so don't be confused by the name of the second hard disc.
First, from Western Digital the Western Digital Caviar Green, a 2 TB HDD with a variable rotation speeds between 5400rpm and 7200rpm and a 32MB cache. Then, the Maxtor or Seagate Barracuda LP (or low-power) also 2TB, fixed 5900rpm rotational speed, and 32MB cache.
The first comparison is the Average Sustained transfer Rate Read (The average amount of data read from the hard disc, measured in MB in one second or MB/s) which is 90.9 for the Seagate Barracuda LP and 76.3 for the Western Digital Caviar Green; note that here more is better. So, it's 1:0 for Seagate.
The second comparison is Average Sustained Transfer Rate Write (The average amount of data written to the hard disc, measured in MB in one second or MB/s), and this one also goes to Seagate which has 90.8 MB/s compared to the 76.5 MB/s of the Western Digital HDD. The score is now 2:0.
The next test is Random Access Read (Measures the time it takes to read data from random parts of the HDD expressed in ms). In this test less is more. Western Digital Caviar Green wins because it takes only 13.9 ms compared to the 13.2 for the Maxtor disc.
And this next test evens the score. It's the Random Access Write (Measures the time it takes to write data to random parts of the HDD expressed in ms) which goes to Western Digital with a substantial difference of 6.7 ms opposed by 10.0 ms for the Maxtor HDD.
The winner of this competition, Western Digital vs Maxtor, will be decided by the Burst Read (MB/s) test. The Seagate Barracuda LP reads at 196.6 MB/s and the winner Western Digital Caviar Green burst read speed is 218 MB/s. Read on for the conclusion...