Now, let’s deal with NTFS. When testing the drives with their full capacity enabled, we see a predictable performance reduction (compared to FAT32) due to the lower cluster size. At the same time, there some changes in the ranks. The leader, the Maxtor 5A300J0 with the Ultra ATA interface, remained the same, though. It is much faster than the others both in High-End Disk WinMark and in Business Disk WinMark. The same Maxtor 5A300J0, but installed into the STLabs container and attached through USB 2.0, takes the second place. It has scored more High-End Disk WinMark points than the OneTouch connected via FireWire. The Maxtor B14D300 on the USB 2.0 bus is the last here.
The difference in the access time between the Maxtor 5A300J0 and the OneTouch drive is big.
When we used only 32GB of the drives’ capacity, they offered more speed. Of course, the Maxtor 5A300J0 wins the test when attached to its native Ultra ATA interface. The external drive, the Maxtor OneTouch, takes the second place when connected via FireWire. The devices on the USB bus are nearly on the same performance level.
The measured access time is nearly the same with all the drives.