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That’s enough for creation, let’s do some reading:

When reading the Install pattern, the two Seagate HDDs wrest the leadership from Maxtor and Hitachi due to their advantage in areal density or, maybe, due to their firmware algorithms.

Reading long files is the ideal workload for Seagate’s HDDs as they can profit by their advantage in areal density – and they do! The other drives are reading the ISO pattern at about the same speed, except two outsiders – Maxtor 5A300J0 and WD2000JB.

The Maxtor 6Y200M0 manages to outperform the Seagate HDDs in the MP3 pattern, and three more Maxtors have forced the Hitachi drives down in the diagram. The drives from Western Digital are hopelessly slow.

Reading files of the Programs pattern shows that Seagate’s drives are handling smaller files well, too. The drives from Maxtor are suddenly slowing down here, but manage to remain faster than the products from Western Digital.

The drives form two groups when reading files of the Windows pattern: the worst group includes all the drives from Western Digital and the slowest Maxtor (5A300J0), and the best group is very dense. We don’t think that we should single out any particular model here.

 
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