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PCMark Vantage

So, what HDD is the best in terms of the new benchmark?

The Samsung is the best at defending but is closely followed by the two HDDs from Hitachi. The pair of Seagate drives are somewhat behind the leaders while the Western Digital drive is almost as fast as the Seagate team.

The two Hitachis and the Samsung SpinPoint F1 are equals at gaming. The difference is very small between them. The Western Digital drive is at the bottom of the diagram.

The Samsung has no rivals at importing images. The pair of Hitachis is barely ahead of the Seagate team whereas the Western Digital drive is again at the bottom of the list.

The Hitachi drives win the OS Start-up test. Operating systems come and go while correct look-ahead reading algorithms stay to bring the victory to Hitachi again and again. The caching algorithms are very important as is indicated by the fact that the Western Digital drive is ahead of the Seagate HDDs here!

I have never worked in Windows Movie Maker, but I wouldn’t go near it without a Hitachi drive! I don’t know how the program loads the hard disk, but this load is obviously difficult for the drives from Seagate and Samsung. The HDD from Western Digital is good, winning third place.

The Media Center trace must be similar to the previous one in terms of load. We’ve got the same leaders: the two drives from Hitachi and one from Western Digital.

Another trace and another win for Hitachi!

The next test is Application Loading. It is easy to guess the winner.

Yes, it is yet another podium for the Hitachi team. The Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 is good, too. The Samsung lost one position in comparison with its result in the same trace from PCMark05.

Summing up the PCMark tests, I can say that when we switch to real-life applications we can have high results from those drives that have good load prediction algorithms rather than those that have record-breaking read speeds or a lowest access time or a largest cache buffer.

Hitachi has been victorious in these tests although its 1-terabyte drives are the oldest available on the market. Yes, some people don’t like them using five rather than three platters, but this doesn’t seem to be a problem.

 
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