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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.

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

The Samsung and Hitachi cope best with creating files but the two RE2-GP drives from Western Digital compete with the leaders when creating large files (the updated RE2-GP is expectedly faster a little). Seagate’s drives surprise us with their low results: the pair of new-generation models is even slower than their predecessors, obviously due to some flaws in their firmware.

The Samsung turns in a good performance at reading, too. It gives way to Seagate’s 7200.11 and ES.2 when processing very large files, but Seagate’s HDDs perform worse with smaller files. The Samsung, on the contrary, is very good irrespective of the size of the files. The standings of the HDDs when processing large files resemble what we saw in the sequential read test. With smaller files, the sequential speed alone is not enough. Therefore both RE2-GP from Western Digital outperform Seagate’s HDDs in the Programs pattern while the Hitachi takes second place.

The Samsung is the best when copying within the same partition. The performance of the other drives depends on the size of the files. The previous-generation drives from Seagate and the 7200rpm drives from Western Digital are good with large files while the Hitachi goes ahead with small files. The current generation of Seagate’s drives is slow, probably due to their low write speed.

The Samsung confirms its superiority in FC-Test in the Copy Far subtest.

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