A very important part of overall system responsiveness is down to hard drive performance. We use two of our favourite benchmark utilities Crystalmark X64 Edition and HD Tach to rate performance from the onboard SATA controller.
You won’t see better scores than this for a 2.5 inch mechanical drive. The 7,200 rpm Western Digital Scorpio units are very quick. That said, this is considerably slower than any of the solid state drives released in the last year and sadly it can be ‘felt’ under real world terms in Windows. Still, with 1.5TB of storage many people will be happy enough to sacrifice some performance.
The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.
ATTO measures peak performance around 130MB/s in the sequential read and write test, which is strong for a 2.5 inch mechanical drive.