External Storage Guide
Test Setup & Results
Stepping Into The Ring
For consistency, we tested the Western Digital My Book Home Edition on the same storage testbed as that used in our round which is based on an NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra platform running an AMD Athlon 64 3500+ processor. Our normal benchmarking programs were used: CrystalMark 2004R2 (v0.9.123.402), FutureMark's PCMark05 v1.20 and Winbench 99 v2.0.
Results were pretty interesting to note, as compared to the FireWire 400 performance of the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus, the WD My Book Home Edition was way ahead in terms of performance. This was quite the opposite as the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus that we reviewed earlier recorded negative performance with FireWire compared with its USB 2.0 interface. This may be due to some firmware throttling that the OneTouch may be experiencing (similar to the Seagate FreeAgent Pro's eSATA speeds), though we can't be certain at the moment. Needless to say, if you're going to transfer huge files to fill up the 750 GB of space and have either a FireWire or eSATA port, use those instead. That's not to say the USB 2.0 performance was below par as it actually performed well in some areas, either close to or surpassing the Buffalo's turbo-enabled performance. Disk access times however, the WD My Book Home Edition was found to be trailing the pack a little but was fortunately not too notable.