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File-Server & Web-Server Patterns

These patterns simulate the load typical of the disk subsystem of File and Web servers. The drive’s performance rating is calculated in this test by averaging its speed at request queue depths of 1, 4, 16 and 64.

The File-Server pattern comes first:

The HDDs are ranked like in the Database pattern at a request queue depth of 1: the HD-227U2 is the winner and the Passport is the loser. The Handy Drive is fourth but close behind the StoreJet.

The Fujitsu finds itself behind its opponents in the Web-Server pattern. It is slower at every request queue depth as you can learn from the table. Well, perhaps it doesn’t suit for hosting a web-sever, but there can’t be many users who have this application in mind for their external HDD. More importantly, this test indicates that the Fujitsu works poorly with multiple requests to read and write small data blocks. We’ll check this out in other tests shortly.

 
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