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Performance in FC-Test

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

You should be aware that the copying test not only indicates the speed of copying within the same HDD but is also indicative of the latter’s behavior under complex load. In fact, the HDD is processing two data threads then, one for reading and another for writing.

You can use the following link to view the full results.

We don’t see one leader in the Write test. The Seagate is better at writing large files while the Hitachi is good at writing small ones, especially the Windows file-set. The WD drive is unable to compete with the 7200RPM models here. It processes small files at about the same speed irrespective of the controller, but can write large files faster when connected via the ICH.

Quite expectedly, the Hitachi and Seagate go neck and neck at reading. The WD disk is somewhat slower than the leaders and works better when connected via the ICH.

The Seagate and Hitachi are equals when copying large files, but the Hitachi is somewhat faster with small ones. The WD is again behind the leaders and prefers the mainboard-integrated disk controller.

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