It has been available since the middle of last year , but a few weeks ago it suddenly plopped on the doormat of our Test Lab; Toshiba MQ01ABB200 2TB 2.5 “hard drives. We left the disc show his skills on our test platform.
The MQ01ABB200 – Toshiba is still not easy to remember the names of her bare hard drives – is indeed a 2.5 “disk, but is explicitly not a laptop drive Indeed, thanks to the height of 15mm, the disc in most laptops. not even fit. the disc is intended for “Storage Applications”, in which Toshiba refers to an external hard drives or for applications such as a NAS. the disk could also could be used as a data disc into a mini PC. It is a consumer product, the MQ01ABB200 is not intended to be placed in servers.
The small disc has a Serial ATA 300 interface operates at a speed of 5400 rpm and 8MB cache. That the disk does not SATA600 anno 2014 perhaps odd, but given the maximum speed of the disk is certainly not a bottleneck. Obviously, native command queuing is supported. Internally, the disk with four 500GB platters, which of course is the primary reason that the disc is 15mm thick. The weight of the disc is 164 grams. The disc comes with a G-force sensor, so the disc is turned off when a fall or large vibrations are detected. If for example, an external drive that Toshiba would make is that an important factor.
The average price is € 125, or converted 6.3 cents per GB. That is, in comparison with a 3.5 “disk of 2TB or more relatively large, but for 2.5” disks is referred to as the average.
We have the disc continue on our standard testing procedure for hard disks. A major competitor is the middle of last year tested Western Digital Scorpio Green 2TB, which are almost similar in specs and price. The question is what is the best choice.
We test drives under Windows 7 x64 with a test system consisting of an Intel Core i3 3220 CPU and an Intel Z77 chipset motherboard. Obviously enabled in AHCI tests and we have installed the Intel RST drivers.
The bulk of our test procedure consists of performance benchmarks. The HD Tune benchmark shows us include the average throughput and average access time of the drives. Via the Atto benchmark we see how fast his drives to read and wrote small (4KB) and larger (1 MB) data blocks with four simultaneously.
Desktop and laptop writing the most important benchmarks PCMark 7 and PCMark 8. Both are based on the hard disk activity of real applications. In itself, the Toshiba MQ01ABB200 not primarily meant to be used as a system disk, but more for applications such as external disk NAS drive, but for completeness we take it into the PCMarks.
In addition to performance testing, we also measured the power consumption and noise, both idle and in use during a random access test. The noise we measured in a soundproof cabinet at a distance of 10 centimeters.
The graphs we compare Toshiba MQ01ABB200 with other drives of 1.5 to 3 TB. The graphs you recognize the disk to red bars. Other 2.5 “drives are green, 3.5” drives are blue.
HD Tune we do the standard sequential read and write tests, and an access time test.
The average reading speed of the disk is 83.3 MB / s, a result that is consistent with the other 5400 RPM 2.5 “drives. The difference with 3.5” specimens is immediately clear. The toeganstijd of 17.4 ms also corresponds to the first tested, 2.5 “disks of this size.
The random read data in small blocks (4 KB) with queue depth 4 equates to 67 MB / s. In line with the other drives, but clearly slower than 3.5 “copies as expected.
At 1 MB data blocks it will be 105.7 MB / s. It proves once again that the fact that the writing has a Serial ATA 300 instead of Serial ATA 600 bus is not a bottleneck.
Just to fall into an open door: 2.5 “. Drives have the advantage of being small, light, energy efficient and normally very quiet, 3,5” drives on the other hand are generally cheaper and faster. These things we have demonstrated clearly on the previous pages seen.
With a thickness of 15 mm, this Toshiba will MQ01ABB200 a few exceptions do not fit in laptops. Although the disk in cases where it fits into laptops can serve as a storage drive on an mSATA SSD or M.2, that is not the primary goal. Toshiba sells the drive as in the introduction written for “storage solutions”, in which one is referring to external hard drives and NAS devices.
The combination of 2.5 “drives and NAS remains a niche in our opinion: 3.5” you can make a lot more cost-effective network storage. Only when one is lowest possible power consumption the most important requirement is to justify a 2.5 “NAS and then this crazy Toshiba no choice. If we see the external drive disk and also of course is the low weight fine, although you obviously see whether a single 2.5 “enclosure with this disc is no more expensive than a ready-to-use 2.5” 2TB external drive. these are available from around € 100.
We compare Toshiba with the Western Digital Scorpio Green 2TB then we may conclude that price and performance show almost identical. The Western Digital is just a tikkie quieter.