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Performance in FC-Test

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

We’d like to note that the copying test is indicative of the drive’s behavior under complex load. In fact, the HDD is working with two asynchronous threads (one for reading and one for writing) when copying files.

We will only discuss the NTFS data because the standings are generally the same in FAT32. You can use the links below to view the full results: FC-Test FAT32 table.

The WD Caviar Black is far better than the others at creating files. It is faster than the second-best Caviar Blue with very file-set. Oddly enough, it is the WD Caviar Green rather than the Seagate that competes with the Samsung for third place. The Seagate has surprisingly low results in this test and finds itself in last place.

We see the Caviar Black in first place and the Caviar Blue in second at reading, too. The only difference is the ISO pattern with very large files where the Seagate goes ahead. The Seagate is only fourth with the three other file-sets and even fifth with the Windows file-set.

We’ve got the same leading trio (two drives from Western Digital plus the Samsung) in the two copying tests: within one partition and between two partitions. The only difference between the results of these two tests is the performance of the Seagate that is competing with the WD Caviar Green more or less successfully. When copying within one partition, the Seagate wins in the Install and MP3 patterns by a small margin but is far slower in the ISO pattern (and the leading HDD is almost 50% faster having platters with the same characteristics). When copying from one partition to another, the Seagate wins in the MP3 pattern only. That’s a poor performance.

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