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Toshiba DT01ACA050 500GB SATA III 3.5″ Storage Drive Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Specifications and Closer Look
  3. Test Bench and Methodology
  4. AS SSD Benchmark
  5. ATTO Benchmark
  6. AIDA64 Sequential Access Time
  7. Boot Load and DATA Transfer Test
  8. CrystalDiskMark Benchmark
  9. HD Tune Pro Benchmark
  10. PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Benchmark
  11. PC Mark 7 Secondary Storage Benchmark
  12. Conclusion
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Toshiba is also into Storage H/W: From cloud storage to hybrid drives (like Seagate’s Momentus XT), consumer level drives, SSDs and 2.5″ SAS drives.

This is the first Toshiba drive I am evaluating. The DT01ACA desktop series drives were launched internationally back on August 8, 2012- the same day and place when WD made an agreement to manufacturer drives for Toshiba using Hitachi Global storage– although it recently launched in India. These drives are typical 3.5″ SATA III drives with 7200 RPM HDD on paper.

Toshiba is pitching these for AIOs, gaming pcs, home servers, external HDD, the source for recording content from set-top boxes. These are 1TB per platter drives ranging from 500GB to 3TB.

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The one I am evaluating is a 500GB version- DT01ACA050.

The drive in a moisture barrier bag. In India, the drive is distributed by Rashi Peripherals._MG_9862

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All the DT01ACA series drives use 7200RPM, with 32MB Cache fitted on 500GB/1TB version and 64MB in 2TB and 3TB version. Toshiba specifically mentioned that the warranty is 2 years from the date of purchase.

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The drive- as can be clearly seen on the picture above- is made by Hitachi Storage.

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The drive uses LSI 6045 controller with EtronTech EM68A16CWQB-25H 32MB controller and STMicroelectronics Smooth L7228 motor controller. The drive is extremely lightweight- as expected from a single platter drive.

For those who aren’t familiar with EtronTech, they do make memory ICs and also made USB 3.0 controllers.

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The drive comes with 465GB of actual usable space.

It gives me great pleasure every time I put up a review. Its always good to appreciate the support that the manufacturers give from time-to-time to review their own products and others on behalf of the readers. Thanks to companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, Western Digital and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached. Thumbs up to these guys!

I would like to thank

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for: Toshiba  500GB SATA III 3.5” (DT01ACA050)
Motherboard+ Processor Gigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE
Memory Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive WD 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB/Toshiba  500GB DT01ACA050
Power Supply Coolermaster GX450
Chassis

The Benchmarks that I am using are as follows:

AS SSD– Read and Write (Pass 3)

ATTO- Test File Size= 0.5 to 8MB- Read and Write Pass 3

Aida64- Write and Read Access time File Size 64KB Pass 3

Anvil Benchmark-  Compressible and Incompressible run each with 4, 16 and 32MB File Size

Boot Load Test- (Windows 7 SP1 clean installation with AMD 12.6 drivers+ AHCI drivers pre-installed with Utorrent, Avira Security Suite, Asus Xonar DX+ 7.12.8.1794 Drivers, Netgear WG111 Wireless Lan USB drive software as start-up items) Pass 1-5 (Pass 1= System start from Power Off)

Transfer Tests- 1.34GB Assorted Photos transfer Test, 11.34 ISO File Transfer Test, 1.27GB Compressed Data File Transfer Test and 98.39 Assorted Movies Folder Transfer Test with TeraCopy

CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark- with Pass 3, each with 5 re-runs 1000MB File Size

HDTune Pro- Write and Read Pass 3

PCMark 7- HDD test

PCMark Vantage- HDD Test

Anvil Benchmark- 4/16/32GB File Size in both 0% and 100% Fill test

Moving on…

Although this drive is used for AS SSDs, the tests in these give a good idea of Sequential, 4K Aligned, 4K Aligned with 64Bit thread test and the Access time of the hard drive. It uses Incompressible data.

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For a mechanical drive, Access time is what caught my eye.

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The performance of the price is mostly constantly from the File size of 8KB to up to 8MB.

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ATTOWRITE
Overall, the drive’s advantage is the write speed as it competes well against WD Red 3TB and Seagate 3TB. I know its unfair to compare a single platter drive to a multiple platters drive, but as you can see on the read test, it is only faster than WD and Seagate’s Green part.

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ADIAWRITEAVGACCESS

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Although WD Red 2 and 3TB do very well when it comes read/write tests, access is pretty important- especially if you’re looking for a cheap drive. Imagine you have a 120gig SSD drive for your operating system. Now if you have a lot of applications and makes, you end up prioritising if you have a lot of it. If you are running something that doesn’t really get affect you much when it comes to loading time and you want space, having a little bit of an advantage over here helps.

If you’re wondering what kind situation you require- one of them as an example- if you want to run Steam and you need lot of space but all thanks to the wonderful price quotes you get at the time of publishing this review and you’re short of cash enough to buy only 500gig drive, this helps.

For a single platter drive, it is not unexpected. Real competition would be to compare Toshiba’s 3TB counterpart with this drive.

Anvil Benchmark

Compressible Data

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Incompressible Data

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On most count, it is between 40-60 seconds. To be honest, I was expecting the drive’s load speed to be roughly between 30-50 seconds.


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As seen in the table above, its going head to head mostly with Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB and WD Green.

CrystalDiskMark is set to random (incompressible data) and tests Sequential, 512K, 4KB without and WITH Queue Depth of 64MB/Sec.

CDM

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CDIWrite

The drive takes a hit in performance in the 512K write test. Sequential still stands with WD Red 3TB.

HDTREAD

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The drive does pretty well when it comes to sequential read/write- minimum, maximum and average speed.

HDTWRITE

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The access time is just above Seagate’s Barracuda XT 3TB 651AS drive. This drive does well with sequential transfers.

PCM’s Vantage is one of the ways that give you a good idea on how the storage drives perform in a specific scenario: Windows Defender, Gaming, Importing pictures to windows photo gallery, Application loading and few more tests to come.

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Toshiba’s ST01ACA050 does very well in Vantage tests overall.

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PCMark 7’s HDD benchmark, however, shows little bit advantage in Video Editing, media centre. Rest of it, pretty much little bit lesser in performance.

Toshiba is also into Storage H/W: From cloud storage to hybrid drives (like Seagate's Momentus XT), consumer level drives, SSDs and 2.5" SAS drives. This is the first Toshiba drive I am evaluating. The DT01ACA desktop series drives were launched internationally back on August 8, 2012- the same day and place when WD made an agreement to manufacturer drives for Toshiba using Hitachi Global storage- although it recently launched in India. These drives are typical 3.5" SATA III drives with 7200 RPM HDD on paper. Toshiba is pitching these for AIOs, gaming pcs, home servers, external HDD, the source for…

Review Overview

Performance - 8.5
Storage Space - 7.5
Overall Value - 8.5

8.2

BBQ Score

Summary : Good Sequential Write performance and good access speed- compared to currently released/available 3TB counterparts.

India (estimated) U.S. U.K.
Rs. 2,975 + taxes $67.74 £45.96

Well, all inclusive the drive will retail a bit under 3.5k- so that pretty much goes head to head with WD Blue AAKX and Seagate Barracuda – both being 500gig counterparts. I didn’t get to evaluate the 500gig version of Seagate Barracuda, but comparing the numbers with the AAKX, Toshiba is quicker in sequential and access. Its a good choice for storage- or if you want a cost-effective rig, you can shortlist this thread.

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