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Performance in FC-Test

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

You should be aware that the copying test not only indicates the speed of copying within the same HDD but is also indicative of the latter’s behavior under complex load. In fact, the HDD is processing two data threads then, one for reading and another for writing.

This test produces too much data, so we will only discuss the results obtained in the Install, ISO and Programs file-sets. You can use the following link to view full results.

The Samsung SpinPoint F4 with new platters goes ahead when creating files. Its high-density platters have improved its speed. Its slower but higher-capacity cousin EcoGreen F4EG with the same platters performs well, too. The latter is ahead of its predecessors in the ISO pattern but, like the WD drives with Advanced Format, is only good with large files and slows down with small files like those of the Programs pattern. Hitachi’s new firmware is somewhat better than the older one. As for the fast drives from Western Digital, the 1.5-terabyte models are still better than their smaller-capacity cousins.

There are no surprises in this test. When reading files, the recording density and rotation speed of the platters are crucial. The only exception is the Samsung EcoGreen F4EG which is far ahead of its competitors.

Western Digital’s drives take the leading positions when reading small files because they have good sequential read speeds and excellent read response time compared to their opponents.

Western Digital wins the test of copying, the 1.5-terabyte models being the best of all. We can also note that the WD Caviar Green MVW is faster than its predecessor and that the Hitachi drives go ahead when copying large files irrespective of their firmware.

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