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Added to that, WD offers its aged Data Lifeguard tools that date back to 2006 and which don’t list support for Vista. There’s a choice of Windows, DOS on CD, or DOS on floppy, but when we gave the bootable CD image a go it didn’t work.

Terabyte hard drives

Terabyte set (clockwise from top left): Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate and WD

Add that little lot together and it’s hard to see why you’d choose the WD over the cheaper Seagate as the tiny amount of power you save won’t pay you back until some time in the distant future.

Verdict

All four Terabyte drives in this round-up offer a colossal amount of storage at a very reasonable price. The Hitachi is showing its age but still delivers decent performance, but we were less convinced by the green power saving features of the Western digital. If you want high performance – and who doesn’t? - it’s a straight fight between the Seagate and Samsung, and on balance we favour the Sammy despite its higher price.

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Four 1TB hard drives on test

The Hitachi set a decent benchmark for performance as a standalone drive.
Price: £159 RRP
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Four 1TB hard drives on test

It’s a straight fight between the Seagate and Samsung, and on balance we favour the Sammy despite its higher price.
Price: £194 RRP
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Four 1TB hard drives on test

The Seagate delivers sterling performance with the minimum of fuss, yet it is the cheapest of the drives on test.
Price: £149 RRP
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Four 1TB hard drives on test

We’re all in favour of reducing our dependence on electricity but the RE2-GP lagged behind in every one of our tests.
Price: £159 RRP

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