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Performance in FileCopy Test 1.0

We’ll use FC-Test in our traditional way. We create two logical 32GB partitions formatted first in NTFS and then in FAT32. We create a set of files on the first partition and then read it, copy it to a folder on the same partition (Copy Near), and then to the second partition (Copy Far).

We start with NTFS. You can see the tables with numbers here. We’ll discuss the results with the help of diagrams.

The drives from Western Digital cope with the task of creating the Install file-set the fastest of all. Third place goes not to the 750GB Seagate as we might have expected from the results of the sequential write test, but to the Seagate ST3500630AS. The ways of the file system are inscrutable to men indeed…

The WD5000KS moves up to the top when creating large ISO-like files whereas the ex-leader WD5000YS sinks to fourth position. The Seagate ST3500630AS took the vacant second place, leaving third position to the Maxtor 6H500F0.

With minor changes, the diagram of creating MP3-like files is almost the same as the diagram for the Install file-set. The drives occupy the same places in the diagram and also have nearly the same speeds.

The two leaders are the same again, but third place is now occupied by the Hitachi HDS725050KLA360. Note also that there is a considerable difference between the top three drives and their competitors. We haven’t seen that in the previous tests. This must be due to the much smaller average file size in this file-set.

Creating the smallest file-set produces a diagram that differs somewhat from what we’ve seen earlier. The WD5000YS habitually wins here, but then there are changes. Hitachi’s drives take second and third positions. The Seagate ST3500630AS finds itself in fourth place. The second drive from Western Digital, WD5000KS, is only fifth.

 
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