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Performance in FC-Test

For this test two 32GB partitions are created on the disk and formatted in NTFS and then in FAT32. A file-set is then created, read from the disk, copied within the same partition and copied into another partition. The time taken to perform these operations is measured and the speed of the disk is calculated. The Windows and Programs file-sets consist of a large number of small files whereas the other three patterns (ISO, MP3, and Install) include a few large files each.

We’d like to note that the copying test is indicative of the drive’s behavior under complex load. In fact, the HDD is working with two threads (one for reading and one for writing) when copying files.

This test produces too much data, so we will only discuss the results achieved with the Install, ISO and Programs file-sets in NTFS. You can use the links below to view the full results:

The Western Digital RE4-GP wins the test of creating files, enjoying the biggest advantage with the mixed files of the Install pattern. The Samsung is also good, but its superiority is only obvious with large files.

It is Seagate’s HDDs that are poor at writing files. The 7200rpm model is considerably slower than the opponents and the new Barracuda LP is slower still.

Seagate’s HDDs show their best at reading files. They have top places irrespective of the file-set. The Barracuda LP, being slower than its predecessor with higher spindle speed, is considerably better than the Samsung which is third.

We’ve got two leaders when copying within the same partition. They go neck and neck in the ISO pattern. The server model from Western Digital wins the Install pattern and the Samsung is the best at copying the small files of the Programs pattern.

Seagate’s HDDs are much slower than the others with the large files of the ISO pattern but in the other patterns the gap is very small.

The picture is more vivid when the files are copied from one partition to another. We’ve got the same leaders but the Samsung is rather on the losing side in the Install pattern and does not enjoy a large lead in the Programs pattern. As for Seagate’s HDDs, they are obviously poor with every file-set, the new Barracuda LP being somewhat slower than the older 7200.11.

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