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Performance in FC-Test

For this test two 32GB partitions are created on the disk and formatted in NTFS and then in FAT32. After that a file-set is created. It is then read from the disk, copied within the same partition and then copied into another partition. The time taken to perform these operations is measured and the speed of the disk 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.

We’d like to note that the copying test is indicative of the drive’s behavior under complex load. In fact, the HDD is working with two threads (one for reading and one for writing) when copying files.

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

There are three leaders at writing: the HDDs from Western Digital and Toshiba and the Samsung M7. The latter two go neck and neck while the Western Digital is somewhat ahead on large files and somewhat behind on the small files of the Programs pattern. As for the losers, the low performance of the Hitachi 5K500 is predictable but the poor results of the Seagate 7200.4 are quite a surprise.

However, the Seagate 7200.4 shows its best when reading large files of the ISO pattern. It is not that good with smaller files, falling behind the Fujitsu and Western Digital.

It is the Hitachi 5K500 and Seagate 5400.6 that fail in this test.

The Toshiba, Samsung M7 and Western Digital show stable and high performance when copying files within the same 32GB partition. The 3-platter Hitachi 5K500 has a very poor speed but the Seagate 5400.6 might be faster, too.

We have different leaders when copying from one partition to another. The HDD from Western Digital is still in the top three but is now joined by the Fujitsu and the Seagate 7200.4 which is especially good at copying large files. The Hitachi 5K500 and Seagate 5400.6 are slow again.

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