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Performance in FC-Test

Here are the results produced by FC-Test:

This test measures the hard disk drive performance during creating, reading and copying five different sets of files that differ in their total sizes. For this test, we formatted the drives in NTFS as one partition with the default cluster size.

The table with results contains a lot of numbers and is rather hard to read. However, you may notice that Toshiba MK-6022GAX wins the file creation (write) test. Hitachi Travelstar fell a little behind. One more drive from Toshiba, MK-4019GAX, is the third.

As for the file read speed, Seagate ST94811A is an indisputable winner on all file sets. It is closely followed by Toshiba MK-6022GAX and Hitachi Travelstar 80GN.

The last file copy operation is performed faster by Seagate ST94811A, too. Hitachi Travelstar takes the second place. Things are more complicated with the third place, but Toshiba MK-4019GAX seems better here.

So, considering the results of all subtests, I would call Seagate Momentus ST94811A the winner in FC-Test. The performance of Hitachi Travelstar 80GN (IC25N080ATMR04) and Toshiba MK-6022GAX is high enough, too. So, these are the best drives among all the models reviewed today. On the other end of the line, we see the two GAS drives from Toshiba. They are slow. Well, it’s hard to compete with faster rivals.

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