Performance in PCMark 2004
PCMark04 benchmarks drives in four different modes: Windows XP Startup is the typical disk subsystem load at system startup; Application Loading is the disk activity at sequential starting-up and closing of six popular applications; File Copying measures the HDD performance when copying a set of files; the General Usage parameter reflects the disk activity in a number of popular applications. These four parameters are used to calculate the overall performance rating.
We ran each test ten times and averaged the results.
Well, the Hitachi 5K500 was far from brilliant in the synthetic benchmarks, but seems to prefer real-life loads. At least it is the fastest drive when booting the OS up.
The Hitachi is also good at loading applications. This time it is closely followed by the Western Digital, though.
The Hitachi is in the lead when copying files, too. It is a favorite of this benchmark. The HDD from Western Digital is close to the leader while the Toshiba is slow again.
The Hitachi is first and the Western Digital is second again.
According to the overall scores, the Hitachi is first with a small lead over the Western Digital. The Samsung takes third place, being barely ahead of the Toshiba.