Performance in WinBench 99 with Drives Formatted for Their Full Capacity
We will watch the drives work in the FAT32 file system first.
We’ve got a lot of data, so we split the table of results into several parts:
Let’s discuss the results in two integral tests: Business Disk Winmark and High-End Disk Winmark.
The Maxtors took the top four positions in the High-End Disk Winmark subtest – a pair of SATA drives is followed by two PATA devices. The two full-size drives from Hitachi take the fifth and sixth places. As for the Business subtest, the results don’t vary much here, save for the two outsiders (WD 2000BB and Maxtor 5A300J0). What’s notable, these two outsiders are equipped with a 2MB cache buffer.
Now, let’s run these tests again in NTFS.
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It’s almost the same as in FAT32, only the speeds are overall smaller and the two pairs of Maxtor drives have exchanged their places (once more we see a clear correlation between the test result and the firmware version with Maxtor’s HDDs).
Again, the Maxtor team wins the High-End subtest and the Hitachi team is superior in Business Disk Winmark.
Performance in WinBench 99 for 32GB of the Drive Capacity
We decrease the storage space to 32GB and run the tests once again.
And again there are only minor changes: the drives from Maxtor are in the lead, although in a different order. The Seagate ST3200822AS is faster than the 200GB Hitachi HDS722525VLAT80.
The same test, but in NTFS:
Like in the previous case, there are no surprises here. The Maxtors took the top of the diagram for themselves, and the 200GB HDS722525VLAT80 regained one position.
Next goes our most interesting benchmark – File Copy Test.