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Conclusion

What does this test session sum up to? First off, the Hitachi is a highly specific product. It is oriented at server (more specifically, multithreaded) loads and is utterly hopeless under loads typical of desktop PCs. The 5-platter design does not help Hitachi now. Its HDD is inferior to the higher-density drives from WD and Seagate and is also very hot. The single argument in favor of this product is its lower price.

It is simple with the Seagate drive: the high access time cannot be compensated by the 64MB buffer and faster interface. The Barracuda XT is inferior to WD’s models through most of the tests but consumes less power.

Western Digital’s HDDs get all of our praise. They are excellent in server tests, win PCMark, perform nicely under multithreaded loads, and rout their opponents in the defragmentation and WinRAR tests.

Therefore, summing up the results of our today's test session we are proud to award 2 TB Western Digital RE4 hard disk drive with our Editor's Choice title:

In its turn, 2 TB Western Digital Caviar Black receives our Recommended Buy title:

Thus, if you want a fast 2-terabyte hard disk drive, we recommend you Western Digital in the first place.

 
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