Performance in PCMark04
We ran PCMark04 ten times and then averaged the results.
Here’s the diagram:
The Hitachi HDS721616PLA360 takes first place which is no surprise as this HDD has been good throughout our test program. The second- and third-best drives are somewhat unexpected as the WD1600JS and the Samsung HD160JJ have but seldom had top places in the diagrams before, especially the drive from WD which was any good in IOMeter only.
Let’s discuss each of the subtests now.
The System Startup subtest is won by the Hitachi HDS721616PLA360 which enjoys a big lead over the others. The WD1600JS takes second place with optimistic performance, and the Seagate ST3160811AS is third.
The WD1600JS is ahead of all when loading applications and is followed by a Hitachi, but not the Hitachi you might expect. It is the older HDT722516DLAT360 model.
Two HDDs are considerably faster than the others at copying files. These are the Seagate ST3160812AS, followed by the Samsung HD160JJ. There are five more drives behind them that have similar results.
The General Usage subtest confirms Hitachi’s superiority. The company’s drives are both at the top of the diagram. The WD1600JS is the closest pursuer.