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Now let’s compare the performance of our external storage solutions when they work via the FireWire interface.

As usual let’s start with FAT32 file system. The diagram for file creation speeds shows that WD2500B007 HDD is an indisputable leader here. It is significantly faster than Maxtor 5000DV in all patterns. Note that Maxtor 5000DV retains its performance on the same level in all patterns, while the winner works faster with large files.

Data reading indicates that WD solution is a little ahead of the rival, which is more evident when we shift to patterns working with large files.

File copy within a single partition names Maxtor 5000DV the leader. It is notably ahead of the competitor and the gap gets even larger as the share of big files in the pattern increases.

The diagram above illustrates the HDDs performance during file copying from one logical partition to another. The situation is pretty “stable”, though Maxtor drive appears a little bit more attractive, as it wins in three patterns out of five.

 
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