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Performance in FC-Test

For this test two 32GB partitions are created on the drive and formatted in NTFS and then in FAT32. A file-set is then created, read from the drive, copied within the same partition and copied into another partition. The time taken to perform these operations is measured and the speed of the drive 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, the ISO pattern containing the largest files.

You should be aware that the copying test not only indicates the speed of copying within the same HDD but is also indicative of the latter’s behavior under complex load. In fact, the HDD is processing two data threads then, one for reading and another for writing.

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

Western Digital’s team win the test of writing in FC-Test, the models with 500GB platters being somewhat faster than their cousins. The Caviar Green must be noted especially as it copes with large files excellently but slows down when processing small files. It is downright poor in the Programs pattern: writing those numerous small files involves extra read operations for this HDD.

Seagate’s HDDs are kind of disappointing. They do not look fast against their opponents that also have 500GB platters. The firmware version does not affect the performance of the Hitachi drive.

We’ve got expected results at reading: the HDDs are ranked up according to their sequential read speed when reading large files. When reading small files, all of them slow down proportionally. The Hitachi with older firmware used to lose its speed too quickly on small files, but this problem is solved in the newer firmware version.

Copying depends on a variety of factors, yet we can note some general rules. Quite expectedly, Western Digital’s Caviar Green does not feel confident processing small files. The Hitachi is not fast with them, either, irrespective of its firmware. The Seagate Barracuda XT is not as good at copying as its server-optimized cousin.

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