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FC-Test 1.0

FC-Test will help us examine the flash drives under real-life conditions. The test writes and reads a few file-sets and measures the time it takes to perform each operation. This helps calculate the speed of the drive and see how it depends on the number and size of the processed files. We use three file-sets that differ in the size (1, 10 and 100MB) and number (1, 10, 100) of files included. Practice suggests that a 100MB file is large enough to reveal the maximum performance of a USB flash drive and using a larger file doesn’t affect the results much.

The first diagram shows the speed of writing a hundred 1MB files. This is done the quickest of all by the Sony Micro Vault USM-EX Turbo. The Kingston Data Traveler Elite takes the second place and is followed by the Apacer Handy Steno HT203. The Transcend JetFlash V30 has the lowest speed here.

The Kingston Data Traveler II Plus Migo Edition is in the lead when it comes to reading the 100x1MB file-set. The Apacer Handy Steno HT203 is second. The third-on-the-podium Sony Micro Vault USM-EX Turbo is barely ahead of the OCZ Rally. The Transcend JetFlash TS1GJF210 FingerPrint is the worst at reading that file-set.

The flash drives deliver higher performance in general with the 10x10MB file-set, but the Sony Micro Vault USM-EX Turbo still remains the fastest among them. The two other podium-takes are the same, too. They are the Data Traveler Elite and the Apacer Handy Steno HT203. The Transcend JetFlash V30 still cannot leave the last line of the diagram.

The Data Traveler II Plus Migo Edition is the quickest at reading the 10x10MB file-set and is followed by the Apacer Handy Steno HT203. After the leader, the OCZ Rally has exchanged places with the Sony Micro Vault USM-EX Turbo and takes the third place. The Transcend JetFlash TS1GJF210 FingerPrint is the slowest drive in this test.

When one 100MB file is being written, the Sony Micro Vault USM-EX Turbo becomes an unrivalled leader, but the following three devices deliver almost the same speed. The Apacer Handy Steno HT203 comes second to the finish, and the Kingston Data Traveler II Plus Migo Edition is third. The Transcend JetFlash V30 is much slower than the rest of the participating devices.

The Kingston Data Traveler II Plus Migo Edition once again shows its superiority at writing. The Apacer Handy Steno HT203 takes the second place and the OCZ Rally is third, being just a little faster than the Sony Micro Vault USM-EX Turbo. The Transcend JetFlash TS1GJF210 FingerPrint is again the slowest of all.

 
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