The Protégé does surprisingly well in our IOMeter
suite. Though it turns in the low scores that one would expect under Linear
and Very Light loads
, WD's firmware allows the drive to perform well under escalating loads. Its IOMeter Workstation
Index (a normalized average of Light, Medium, and Heavy loads) score of 117.96 actually edges by the Maxtor DiamondMax 80
and is decidedly higher than value offerings from Quantum and Seagate.