Western Digital Black 6TB HDD Review


Firefox Portable Offline Performance

Firefox is notorious for being slow on loading tabs in offline mode once the number of pages to be opened grows larger than a dozen or so. We can think of fewer worse case scenarios than having 100 tabs set to reload in offline mode upon Firefox startup, but this is exactly what we have done here.

By having 100 pages open in Firefox portable, setting Firefox to reload the last session upon next session start and then setting it to offline mode, we are able to easily recreate a worse case scenario. Since we are using Firefox portable all files are easily positioned in one location, making it simple to repeat the test as necessary. In order to ensure repetition, before touching the Firefox portable files, we have backed them up into a .rar file and only extracted a copy of it to the test device.

Even though this test is more favorable to enterprise orientated hard drives, the Western Digital Black 6TB easily holds its own. The combination of ultra-dense palters, nearly precognizant caching algorithms, and a robust controller is simply powerful enough to overcome firmware limitations and allow this drive to be one heck of an all-round performer.

Real World Data Transfers

No matter how good a synthetic benchmark like IOMeter or PCMark is, it cannot really tell you how your hard drive will perform in “real world” situations. All of us here at Hardware Canucks strive to give you the best, most complete picture of a review item’s true capabilities and to this end we will be running timed data transfers to give you a general idea of how its performance relates to real life use. To help replicate worse case scenarios we will transfer a 10.00GB contiguous file and a folder containing 400 subfolders with a total 12,000 files varying in length from 200mb to 100kb (10.00 GB total).

Testing will include transfer to and transferring from the devices, using MS RichCopy and logging the performance of the drive. Here is what we found.

These numbers just prove how good a performer this model is and how easily it justifies its asking price. Equally obvious is Western Digital has focused their Black team’s attention on satisfying the PC gaming enthusiast needs; they are among the few who truly need all this space, and want it to be as fast as possible in order to minimize game load times.

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