Let’s first examine the results we have when the drive is attached via USB 2.0.
The first table and diagram reflect the case when the drive’s entire capacity is formatted in FAT32. The performance rating of the Seagate drive is so bad here that we can’t help suspecting some side factor. Probably the drive’s firmware doesn’t work correctly with WinBench 99 or with the FAT32 clusters. Anyway, the measured performance is too low to be true.
When one 32GB partition is used, the Seagate drive doubles its performance, but we still feel the results are lower than they should be. So, again, the results of the Seagate leave more questions than give answers.
Now, here’s a miracle to you: the Seagate has got an excellent Disk WinMark score in NTFS! It also has a much higher Business Disk WinMark score than any of its opponents.
It’s different when a 32GB partition is used: the Seagate goes down to the fourth place by the High-End Disk WinMark score, yet it is still the best in Business Disk WinMark.