Western Digital 2.5″ Red 1TB NAS HDD Review

Anvil’s Storage Utilities is a new benchmarking utility that we have started using here at eTeknix, it’s completely free to download and has the ability to test mainly hard drives and solid state drives, but also any other form of storage medium that you can throw at it. As well as testing the drive in a variety of benchmarking tests, it also has a drive endurance test that consistently reads and writes data to the selected medium to give days, months and potentially even years of use in a shorter period of time to see how the drive copes in the longer term.

Within Anvils we can get a view on how the drives access times are affected when handling different block sizes. With response times as low as ~2ms when writing and ~7ms when reading the Red is very quick off the mark.