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Performance in FC-Test

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

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

Interestingly, the single-platter drives do not show any advantage in speed when creating files. The Samsung F3 is in the lead, but the rest of the 7200RPM models go neck and neck, excepting the Seagate 7200.11 and 7200.12 that seem to have problems creating files. The same problems plague the Seagate LP that is inferior to its power-efficient opponents which, in their turn, are not much slower than the 7200RPM models. The Hitachi 7K1000.C is all right with large files but slows down when processing small ones.

It is at reading that the single-platter models show their best. The only exception is the Seagate 7200.12 which joins the mixed group of dual-platter 7200RPM drives and single-platter power-efficient products. There are only two losers here: the WD Green with 16MB cache and the Seagate 7200.11. And while the two platters and low spindle rotation speed explain the results of the former, the latter’s problems are inexplicable.

When it comes to copying, the leaders depend on the distance (copying from one partition to another or within the same partition) and the file-set. The general trends are simple: the single-platter 7200RPM drives are in the lead, but don’t have a large advantage over their dual-platter cousins. We can also note the losers which are slower than other same-class products. These are the three drives from Seagate, the Samsung F2 and the Hitachi 7K1000.C.

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