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.
We will only discuss the NTFS data because the standings are generally the same in FAT32. You can use the link below to view the full results: FC-Test FAT32.
As you may have guessed after the previous tests, the HDD from Western Digital is the best at creating files. The Samsung tries to compete with the leader on very large files only. On the other hand, the Samsung has improved the impression created by its poor performance in the sequential read test. FC-Test is closer to real-life loads than IOMeter, after all. Interestingly, there are no obvious losers: the drives are comparable to each other overall.
The HDDs from Western Digital and Samsung go on fighting with each other at reading. The former is somewhat faster with small files while the latter is ahead in the large-file ISO pattern – the Western Digital is only third then.
The Samsung takes first place when copying within the same partition while the Western Digital is competing with the Hitachi to be second. The Toshiba is obviously slower than the others.
When copying from one partition to another, the Samsung is challenged by the Hitachi. The Western Digital is very close to the leaders whereas the Toshiba is the slowest drive with nearly every file-set.