We begin our performance analysis with PCMark 7, the benchmarking suite from FutureMark that evaluates the performance of Windows 7 machines. It tests a wide range workloads and aspects of the system ranging from computation, image and video manipulation and storage. We’ll be looking solely at the storage test here.
Given that the drives have identical specifications (5400rpm, 8MB cache) we were expecting the results to be close, and that was exactly what we got. Looking at the results, the difference between the highest-scoring (Western Digital) and lowest-scoring (Imation) was only a mere 71 PCMarks. We can, however, say that the three better drives in this test were the Seagate, Verbatim and Western Digital drives.