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Maxtor Company is another hard disk drive manufacturer releasing its own external models:



The external hard disk drive family from Maxtor called OneTouch will be represented by 5000DV (Personal Storage 6000 Family) with the 160GB storage capacity. On the left side of the drive’s front panel there is a round button. By pressing it once you can immediately create a backup copy of the files on your computer. To enable this function you will need to install special software supplied together with the drive. This particular function gave the name to the entire family. DiamondMax Plus 9 HDD used in this external model supports ATA/133 interface. It features an 8MB buffer and 7,200rpm spindle rotation speed. The claimed average access time equals 9.3ms. The drive can function normally when the environment temperature lies between 5 and 40oC.

The HDD is supplied with a USB cable, a FireWire cable, a power supply unit with the cables, a special stand for the drive to be fixed in vertical position, a CD-disk with the necessary software (Dantz Retrospect Express utility allows creating a backup copy of the files by pressing the OneTouch button once), the user’s manual and a quick installation guide.

Testbed and Methods

To test the actual performance of this external hard disk drive solution we used the following benchmarks:

  • WinBench 99 2.0;
  • FC-Test 0.5.3;
  • Intel IOMeter 2003.02.15.

Our testbed was configured as follows:

  • Albatron PX865PE Pro mainboard;
  • Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz CPU;
  • IBM DTLA-307015 15GB HDD;
  • Radeon 7000 32 MB graphics card;
  • 256MB of memory;
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4.

We tested the performance of our HDD with the help of USB 2.0 (ICH5) interface available on the mainboard, and FireWire interface provided by PCI adapters based on VIA VT6307 chip and working with the operation system drivers. For WinBench tests, the drives were formatted in FAT32 and NTFS as a single partition with a default cluster size. In some cases described below we used 32GB logical partitions also formatted in FAT32 and NTFS with a default cluster. For Maxtor drive we wrote the data all over the work surface first to ensure correct results of ongoing tests.

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