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HDD Firmware

The firmware versions of the HDDs are listed in the following table:

You should keep it in mind that the performance of HDDs may vary depending on what firmware they have.

Testbed and Methods

The following testing utilities were used:

  • IOMark 0.30b14
  • IOMeter 2003.02.15
  • FC-Test 1.0
  • PCMark 2004
  • PCMark 2005
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Raxco Perfect Disk 8.0
  • WinRAR 3.60

Testbed configuration:

  • ASUS P5WDG2 WS Pro mainboard
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E2160 processor
  • IBM DTLA-307015 system disk, 15 GB
  • Radeon X600 graphics card
  • 1 GB DDR2-800 SDRAM
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 (and Windows Vista for PCMark Vantage)

The HDDs were tested with the generic OS drivers. We formatted them in FAT32 and NTFS as one partition with the default cluster size (for some tests, we created 32GB partitions). The HDDs were connected to a mainboard port and worked with enabled AHCI.

 
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