Benchmarks up this afternoon are of a Western Digital RE4 WD1003FBYX, an internal enterprise hard drive, being tested from Ubuntu 13.04 with the Linux 3.8 kernel. This Linux disk drive comparison was done with an EXT4 file-system and other disk benchmarks are available from different solid-state and traditional rotating hard drives.
While hard drives aren't a primary focus at Phoronix, file-systems in particular interest us and when recently picking up a Western Digital RE4 disk drive it underwent an array of Linux tests that may also interest our readers, thus warranting this article. The WD1003FBYX is a 1TB 7200RPM Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s hard disk drive. The 1TB 3.5-inch hard drive spins at 7200 RPMs, boasts 64MB of cache, and complies with the SATA 2.0 specification.
The enterprise-class drive features RAID-specific Time-Limited Error Recovery (TLER), 1.2 million hour rating at 100% duty cycle, and features NoTouch Ramp Load Technology. Western Digital claims that this disk drive has proven 24x7 reliability and is ideal for servers. With many Linux boxes being servers/workstations, the RE4 should work out great here. The Western Digital RE4 Enterprise drive is backed by a five-year warranty.
Benchmarking of this 1TB disk drive happened from an AMD FX-8350 Vishera system while running Ubuntu 13.04 with the Linux 3.8 kernel and using an EXT4 file-system during all tests. All file-system testing was done with stock mount options/settings.