Testing the WD Easystore 10TB USB Desktop Backup Drive
Here is our basic test configuration for the drive. We also wanted to test the WD100EFAX WD Red 10TB solution against this WD100EMAZ WD white label 10TB solution.
Motherboard: ASUS WS C621E SAGE Motherboard
CPU: 2x Intel Xeon Gold 6134 (8 core / 16 Threads)
GPU: ASUS ROG Strix GTX1080 Ti OC
Cooling: Noctua NH-U14S DX-3647 LGA3647
RAM: 12x MICRON 16GB Low Profile
SSD: Samsung PM961 1TB
OS: Windows 10 Pro
First, here is a quick CrystalDiskInfo 8 look at the WD100EFAX v. WD100EMAZ we are going to compare:
Both have the same Firmware versions and same rotational speeds. We wanted to see how closely they performed.
Next, we started running benchmarks and began with CrystalDiskMark, for a quick check on the disks.
Both disks are relatively close in this test. Certainly within a testing margin.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
ATTO may not be the most popular benchmark for SSDs, but it shows sequential reads and writes which are the primary use case for hard drives.
With ATTO we also see both drives are relatively close in performance. There is a slight performance edge to the 10TB Red HDD, but the WD100EMAZ “white label” drive is relatively close in performance.
Parkdale is a fast benchmark which reports Sequential Read and Write performance numbers.
Parkdale shows the WD 10TB White drive to be approximately 10 MB/s slower than the 10TB Red NAS drives. We are starting to see a trend in our results.
PCMark 8 Storage Benchmark
PCMark 8 Storage Benchmark runs several applications and generates an overall score for the drive.
Here again, we see the WD 10TB Red WD100EMAZ is slightly slower than the WD100EFAX “WD Red” 10TB offering. The results are close, but there is a trend.
HD Tune Pro
HD Tune Pro can run several benchmarks on your drives; we unlocked the Pro version to give access to all benchmarks.
Again, we see a trend where the WD Red 10TB (WD100EFAX) is slightly faster than the Easystore derived white label WD WD100EMAZ.
AIDA64 Disk Test
AIDA64 has become a popular test suite, and so we wanted to run it with the drives. It shows the difference between reading and writing at different radius points on a hard drive which show drastically different performance.
First the read results:
AIDA64 Linear Write test is an extensive benchmark that takes a substantial amount of time to complete, with the 10TB drives this benchmark took almost two full days to run for each disk.
Data from this benchmark can be saved to an Excel file and plotted which we did for both the 10TB Red NAS and the 10TB White Label drives.
Both drives are relativity close and range about 8 MB/s difference in sequential write bandwidth.
There is a clear trend that the WD Easystore WD100EMAZ white label drive is slightly slower than a genuine WD Red WD100EFAX 10TB drive.
Next, we are going to discuss the drive temperatures along with giving our final words.