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Western Digital Drives in RAID1 Array

To complete our discussion about the WD2500JD and WD360GD drives let's test the RAID1 arrays based on these drives.  Actually these tests are of just cognitive interest as I can hardly imagine a person who could decide to mirror such discs. Just because there's no practical use of it I tested only the SATA drives as both the interface and the controller are relatively new. 



  • Mainboard - Iwill WO2-R (BIOS ver. 6.00PGN);
  • CPU - Intel Pentium III 800EB;
  • Memory - 256 MB PC133 SDRAM;
  • System disc - IBM DTLA 307015;
  • SATA RAID controller - Iwill IS150 (Silicon Image SataLink SiI3112,BIOS Ver., Driver Ver.
  • OS - Windows 2000 Professional SP4.

The test suite is standard.

  • Ziff-Davis WinBench 99;
  • Intel IOMeter.

Ziff-Davis WinBench 99 

As expected, the results haven't changed. The linear read diagrams can be found here.

Like in case of the distributed array, the access time of the WD360GD is a bit better.

The Disk WinMarks look worse for the mirrors - there must be no cheats in mirroring at all.

Intel IOMeter

Mirroring doesn't affect scores of the WD2500JB, but in case of the WD360GD the array's performance looks better than that of the single drive as the load grows up. The matter is that data can be read from any of two array discs. And such effect results from the small volume and high speed of rotation.

This diagram proves it.

The WD360GD has quite strange scores in the random writing test - the character of the diagrams looks too different.

In the Database patterns with various relations of read/write requests the array of two WD360GD looks completely different from the single disc. The advantage of mirroring is that data are read from a more appropriate disc.

Now come the serial modes. The disc gets requests for reading or writing of data blocks the size of which gradually grows up. The queue depth equals 4 (very light).

The single WD2500JD and the array have very close scores, in contrast to the WD360GD.

The scores for the mirrors of the WD360GD and WD2500JD look similar at writing.


The mirror of two WD2500JD performs similarly to the single disc (except for the slower serial writing). The array built on the WD360GD behaves differently both at writing and reading.

Nikolai Dorofeev (niko@ixbt.com)

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