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Performance in File Copy Test

We’ll use FC-Test following to our traditional method. We create two 32GB partitions and format them in NTFS and then in FAT32. A file-set is created in the first partition. This file-set is then read, copied into a folder in the same partition (Copy Near) and finally into a folder in the second partition (Copy Far).

Let’s start with NTFS. Tabled results can be viewed here , and we’ll use diagrams.

The first diagram shows the speed of creating a set of files on the disk.

The Maxtor 6V160E0 copes with the task of creating the Install file-set better than the others. Interestingly, three HDDs from three different companies occupy second, third and fourth places with similar results. There is a ready explanation, though. These HDDs all have similar areal density and the same amount of cache memory. The latter parameter is very important here, by the way. Take note of the difference in speed between Seagate’s last-generation Barracuda 7200.9 drives (the ST3160811AS and ST3160211AS models) that differ in the size of the cache buffer.

Maxtor 6V160E0 appeared the leader again, while the second Maxtor rolled back into the fourth place. The second fastest was Hitachi HDS721616PLA380, it moved one step up having taken Seagate ST3160812AS with it. It is pretty strange but Seagate ST3160812AS turned out the only Seagate HDD fighting for the top prize this time, the other three models stayed somewhere in the middle of the race. It is interesting however but the cache buffer was no longer as crucial when working with larger files as it was for smaller files: look at the minimal performance difference between ST3160811AS and ST3160211AS HDDs.

Maxtor’s HDDs have two top places when creating the MP3 file-set, with a small lead over the others. The Seagate ST3160812AS stubbornly holds on to its third place, leaving fourth position to the Hitachi HDS721616PLA380.

Now let’s see if it’s any different when the HDDs have to deal with small-size files.

The Hitachi HDS721616PLA380 is far ahead of the others when creating small files. Its speed is higher by 5MB/s than that of its closest rival Seagate ST3160812AS. The ex-leader Maxtor 6V160E0 finds itself third here.

Let’s now try to read those file-sets:

The Maxtor 6V160E0 is on top again! Without having a high access time or a high sequential read speed, this HDD handles files with ease anyway.

The Hitachi HDS721616PLA380 is second. Files in the Install pattern must be not large enough for the Hitachi to show its speed.

Next goes the reading of largest files from ISO pattern.

That’s right. This diagram almost copies the sequential read diagram from WinBench 99. It’s all about brute force here.

Now the average size of files is reduced:

The Hitachi HDS721616PLA380 has the best speed here too, but the Seagate team has slowed down.

Well, two HDDs from Seagate do better in this test, delivering high speeds and ousting the Maxtor 6G160E0 from third place.

 
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