I have a small company and I have to support old software, which often means keeping around machines with an old OS to support legacy software. I recently had the original drive (Toshiba HDDR320102) go out on a Toshiba laptop. Luckily, I have an archive image of that drive.I picked up a WD Blue 1TB drive at Best Buy (WDBMYH0010BNC-NRSN). I installed it into the Toshiba and sucessfully restored the C: partition from the archive using the Paragon HD Manager (v14, same as the archive). I believer the archive software, which runs from a CD, is based on Linux. It uncompressed the image and transferred the files (about 20GB) to the WD Blue C: drive in under an hour. The summary display showed an average speed of over 170Mbps from the external drive (WD Elements 1TB) through the USB2 cable to the new C: drive. Everything checked out with chkdsk and Device Manager showed no issues.
I thought everything was okay until I started to transfer data files to the drive. No matter what I did, transfer usually ran at ~16Mbps, and never exceeded 18Mbps. So a SATA drive, albeit in an old laptop, running at little better than USB1 speeds…? I expected slow, but not SLOW.
Okay, maybe it’s a driver issue for XP? The PC is running SP3. So I tried finding a new driver for the WD Blue but was unsuccessful.
I was able to compare this Toshiba PC to a nearly identical one being used for another project. It too has XP SP3, and an original Toshiba HDD. I tried copying a pair of ISO images (~1GB) from one partition of that drive to another. It completed in about 1.5 minutes.
I did the same test on the Toshiba with the WD Blue drive. It took nearly 9 minutes, which works out to the aforementioned ~16Mbps.
Next thing I did was find an old Seagate 2.5 inch drive and repeat the process. Everything worked the same, except the old Toshiba PC with the ~8 year old Seagage drive runs at expected speeds; it read in 10GB of data files from an external drive at around 150Mbps.
I’m not blaming the WD Blue drive quite yet. Transfers under Linux (booted from CD) seem to be okay, but running under XP SP3, things are simply terrible.
My experience with SATA drives is that they have been very easy to use and replace. I’ve done the same replacement steps with a number of machines without any headaches.
Any help would be welcome.