The expansion of the storage capacity has become quite essential for the computer users today. Apart from replacing or adding a larger internal hard disk, an easier way is to purchase an external USB 2.0 drive. External hard drives have become affordable and their installation is very easy, as you don’t have to open up your PC chassis to install them. The drive we are going to test today is the Verbatim 1TB External Hard Drive.
Verbatim was founded in 1969 and their headquarters are located in Singapore. They specialize mainly in computer storage products, like hard disks, DVD-R’s, USB Flash Disks and more. Verbatim is now number 3 brand in Europe for all recordable media and global number 1 brand in optical media with reputation for quality and reability for the products that it sells and the service that it provides.
Inside Verbatim’s enclosure, we find the Western Digital WD10EAVS Caviar Green 1TB SATA 8MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive, which is the one we are going to actually check, so we will not have any loss of speed due to the USB2.0 interface limitations. Notice that this model is of the Green line range of Western Digital’s products, so that means it is low on power consumption. Let’s take a brief look at the drive’s specs:
A Closer Look
The Verbatim 1TB External Hard Drive comes in a flashy card box. On it we see an actual picture of the hard drive enclosure and its main characteristics.
At the back side of the box there is a more detailed reference on the hard drive printed out in many languages.
We see the inside box which is simple but protects the disk from any damage.
Inside the package we find the actual drive, a power cable, a usb cable, an AC adaptor and the User’s Manual. Everything you could expect, nothing more, nothing less.
A Closer Look, Continued
At the drive’s top side there is the Verbatim logo. Generally the body is made from quality plastic with a nice black finish.
At the front side there is a small green light that is on during operation.
At the back side we find the power button, the AC and the USB connectors. Maybe we would prefer the power button to be on the front of the cage.
The down side of the box is full of ventilation holes. These holes are of high importance, as they help extract the hot air out of the drive.
Test Setup and Procedures
As we told you, we decided to test the internal drive of the enclosure in order ta achieve the maximum speed possible.
As mentioned, the drive is Western Digital’s WD10EAVS Caviar Green 1TB SATA 8MB Cache 3.5IN.
This is the machine on which we tested the drive:
Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Motherboard: Asus P6X85D
RAM: Mushkin Redline 6GB
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1536MB
PSU: Nexus 1000W
Case: Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
We tested the WD10EAVS Caviar Green 1TB against:
We ran the following tests to measure the drives’ performance:
- Windows startup time
- Iometer Read
- Iometer Write
- Iometer Fileserver
- Iometer Workstation
- Iometer Webserver
Windows Startup Time and Iometer Read – Write Results
During Windows 7 Startup, Western Digital’s drive overcomes the competition by 1-2 seconds and sure this is a nice start.
Afterwards we measured the drives’ response during Iometer’s read operations. We see that the perfrormance between the Samsung and WD drive is equal, with Seagate’s Barracuda falling slightly behind.
During Iometer’s write operations, the Samsung proved to be the fastest of the drives, with the WD drive following and the Seagate drive falling behind significantly.
Iometer Fileserver-Workstation-Webserver Results
Using Iometer’s Fileserver, the Samsung drive proved to be the fastest, with the 2 other disks achieving the same results.
In Iometer’s Workstation benchmark the Samsung drive proved to be the fastest, with the WD Caviar taking the second postition and the Barracuda falling behind in terms of performance.
In Iometer’s Webserver benchmark the Barracuda proved to be the fastest of all drives, with the remaining two achieving the same.
Costing around 75 euros, the Verbatim 1TB External Hard Drive is actually a good deal. It offers acceptable performance, and a large storage capacity. It is a plus that the internal drive is a Western Digital Caviar Green, as it proved to be quiet, ran cool and it was low on power consumption.
(+) Doesn’t run hot
(+) Large Capacity
(-) Average performance
Thus, we give the Verbatim 1TB External Hard Drive a rating of 8.5/10 and our Value For Money Award.