Performance in FC-Test
For this test two 32GB partitions are created on the drive and formatted in NTFS and then in FAT32. 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.
We’d like to note that the copying test is indicative of the drive’s behavior under complex load. In fact, the drive is working with two threads (one for reading and one for writing) when copying files.
The following table shows detailed FC-Test results.
The results are predicable irrespective of the file system. The drive is almost as fast on large files as in IOMeter: Sequential Read & Write, its writing being somewhat worse than reading again. The speed is lower on smaller files because the overhead for organizing a large number of small disk requests grows up. The speed of copying is only half as high as the speed of reading or writing (which is logical as each file must first be read, transferred to the computer and then returned and written to the external drive) and does not depend on the distance. The partitions we create are too small (32GB only) to make any difference.