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Performance in PCMark 2004

PCMark04 benchmarks drives in four different modes: Windows XP Startup is the typical disk subsystem load at system startup; Application Loading is the disk activity at sequential starting-up and closing of six popular applications; File Copying measures the HDD performance when copying a set of files; the General Usage parameter reflects the disk activity in a number of popular applications. These four parameters are used to calculate the overall performance rating.

We ran each test ten times and averaged the results.

The Fujitsu copes best with launching the OS. The HDDs from Western Digital and Hitachi share second place while the Toshiba is the loser, again.

The Fujitsu is in the lead in the Application Loading subtest, too. Second place goes to Western Digital, and third place goes to Hitachi. The Seagate is the slowest drive here.

Interestingly, unlike in many other test sessions, the File Copying results do not agree with the results of our FC-Test. The HDD from Western Digital is in the lead, followed by the Fujitsu. The Samsung was brilliant in FC-Test but takes only fourth place here. The Toshiba is the loser.

The Fujitsu wins this subtest, too. The WD drive, an obvious favorite of this test session, has second place. The drives from Samsung and Seagate are considerably slower than the others here.

Summing up the results of this test, we’ve got three leaders, the drives from Fujitsu, Western Digital and Hitachi, and the slower other drives. First place goes to Fujitsu whereas the Seagate and Toshiba share last place.

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