Testbed and Methods
How do we check out the performance of 2.5” drives? I decided to take a look at them from two aspects. In the first case, the drive was installed as a system HDD into a Toshiba Satellite A15-S127 notebook of the following configuration:
- Intel Celeron 2.0GHz CPU for mobile PCs;
- 256MB DDR SDRAM;
- Intel 82852/82855 graphics controller;
- DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive;
- 15” TFT display.
The hard disks were formatted into NTFS as one partition and worked in ATA/100 mode. Windows XP with SP1 was the operating system.
We used the following benchmarking software:
- WinBench 99 version 2.0;
- FC-Test version 0.5.3;
- Battery Eater version 1.02.
Moreover, we used Doc’s AAM Tool to get some extra information about the drives.
In the second case, the drives were connected to the second IDE channel of the desktop’s mainboard as Master (ATA/100 mode). The desktop computer was configured as follows:
- Albatron PX865PE Pro II mainboard;
- Intel Pentium 4 2400 CPU (533FSB);
- 256MB PC2700 CL2 DDR SDRAM;
- IBM DTLA 307015 HDD;
- ATI RADEON VE graphics card;
- Windows 2000 Pro SP3.
The drives were benchmarked with the following programs:
- IOMeter 2003.02.15;
- WinBench 99 version 2.0.
All drives were tested according to the “As Is” principle. That is, we used them as they came to us from the manufacturers, no tuning or tweaking.
Doc’s AAM Tool
Hitachi Travelstar 80GN
The screenshots above give you some extra info about the drives. For example, the utility tells you the version of the firmware and supported operational modes. Note that the program doesn’t give out the cache-buffer size for some drives.