Performance in WinBench 99
We use WinBench to check the hard disk drives in the “desktop PC” mode. We format the disk in the NTFS file system by means of the system tools (the default cluster size is 4KB) and in FAT32 using Paragon Partition Manager (the cluster size is 32KB). We also perform our tests on 32GB storage space in NTFS and FAT32 file systems (partitioning the drives be means of the standard Windows 2000 Disk Manager).
We will first discuss the physical parameters of the HDDs, which don’t depend on the file system.
Disk Access Time
The 200GB HDS722525VLAT80 model from Hitachi has the best average access time – such a big advantage over it own mate makes us reconsider the idea of a five-platter design in the 200GB drive. But who knows…
The Seagates perform quite as expected – the ST3200822AS model takes the third place, and the PATA model resides on the last line of the diagram.
Disk Transfer Rate
The results of this test are indicative of the correlation between the areal density and the linear read speed.
That’s right – the 100GB platters win this test for the two drives from Seagate. Other HDDs have similar results among themselves with the exception of the 200GB drives from Maxtor which seem to be made on “shortened” platters, judging by the high transfer rate at the end of the disk.
You can view the data-transfer graphs of the drives by the following links:
- Hitachi HDS722525VLAT80-200GB (Graph);
- Hitachi HDS722525VLAT80 (Graph);
- Hitachi HDS722525VLSA80 (Graph);
- Maxtor 6Y200P0 (Graph);
- Maxtor 6Y200M0 (Graph);
- Maxtor 7Y250P0 (Graph);
- Maxtor 7Y250M0 (Graph);
- Maxtor 5A300J0 (Graph);
- Seagate ST3200822A (Graph);
- Seagate ST3200822AS (Graph);
- WD 2000PB (Graph);
- WD 2000BB (Graph);
- WD 2000JB (Graph);
- WD 2000JD (Graph);
- WD 2500JB (Graph);
- WD 2500JD (Graph).