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Performance in FC-Test

Synthetic benchmarks are good, but real-life tests are better yet. I will now compare the drives in the FC-Test utility which performs various operations over five file-sets that differ in the number and average size of files included. The utility measures the time it takes to perform each operation and calculates the speed of the drive. The operations are all performed on one 32GB partition except for the Copy Far operation during which the file-sets are copied from one disk partition to another.

The results of the drives in FAT32 come first.

The first diagram shows the file creation (write) speed. The Seagate is an obvious leader here. The Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition doesn’t look competitive at all.

The Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition is slower than its opponent at reading the file-sets, too. The difference isn’t as big as in the previous case, though.

The Maxtor is slower than the Seagate Portable Hard Drive when copying files within the same partition.

The last diagram shows the speed of the drives as they are copying files from one partition to another, and the Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition is much slower than its opponent across all the file-sets.

 
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