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Performance in FC-Test

Now let’s take a look how Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (ST9160821A) is going to perform in FC-test. This benchmark produces the most realistic performance results, because the algorithms used in this suite create real-life situations.

The credibility of the results is based on the working principles of this program. The main idea of FC-Test is to measure the time the hard disk drives need to create (write), read and copy file sets, which differ from one another by the type, size and number of files. Then we calculate the practical performance of the drives basing on the time measurements.

As you remember from our previous HDD reviews, Windows and Programs patterns include a large number of smaller files, and the remaining three patterns – ISO, MP3 and Install – work with a limited number of larger files. For copy operations each drive is formatted into two 32GB equal logical partitions. The patterns are copied either within the same partition or from one partition to another. Although the tables contain complete performance reports, we decided to use the results of only three patterns for the illustrative diagrams. The hard disk drives were grouped according to the manufacturer, and the closest drive to our new Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (ST9160821A) is the one with 120GB storage capacity.

Let’s discuss the results in greater detail. We will start with FAT32 file system. Note that we do not have the results for Hitachi HDD, because it failed this test completely.

On the first diagram we seer the file writing (creating) speed. Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (ST9160821A) appeared the fastest of all having demonstrated almost the same speed as its 120GB relative. The gap is especially big when we get to work with sets of larger files.

The next diagram shows the read speed of the hard drives. Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (ST9160821A) outperforms its opponents here, too: its advantage is beyond all doubts.

File copying within the same partition is done fastest of all by our new Seagate Momentus 5400.3 when it comes to large files. However, when we are working with smaller files, the newcomer starts losing its positions to the major competitor from Fujitsu and the predecessor – Seagate Momentus 5400.2 (ST9120821A).

When the files are copied from one partition to another, Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (ST9160821A) doesn’t differ much from the Momentus 5400.2 (ST9120821A). they both performed almost equally fast, but the latter appeared just a tiny bit faster.

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