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Now it is high time we took a closer look at the performance of our testing participants in FAT32 file system. Unfortunately, we cannot include the results for Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00) here.

For some mysterious reason this HDD simply refused to pass our test. When we created two 32GB partitions on the drive and formatted them for FAT32, FC-Test created files there. However, when we rebooted the system (our FC-Test script implies that the computer gets rebooted between different disk operations), the partition with the created files disappeared. That was a really puzzling thing…

And the curious thing is that if we paused the test once the files had been created and checked out the contents of the HDD, all files were right there. But right after restarting the system, the partition would disappear with all the files. This phenomenon took place on a few different computer platforms and with a couple different controllers. After a number of hopeless attempts we gave up and decided to wait for another sample to come in.

The file creation diagram once again shows that the fastest is our Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A), which proved best of all in all patterns. Its fellow, Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A), also confirmed its good second position having left all of its rivals far behind. Fujitsu and Toshiba hard drives yielded to Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 (HTS726060M9AT00) with 7,200rpm spindle rotation speed and to the Western Digital WD800VE solution.

The file read speed shows the same leader again, though the rest of picture has become slightly different. Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A) failed to retain its second place and yielded to Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 (HTS726060M9AT00). Besides, Fujitsu also managed to get ahead of the Seagate fellow here. Toshiba HDD appears to be behind all the above mentioned hard disk drives, even behind the Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A).

When we measured the copy speed within the same partition, we saw clearly that Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A) retained its indisputable leadership, and the second place was again taken by Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 (HTS726060M9AT00). The new Seagate HDD turned out the fastest among the 5,400rpm HDDs. Fujitsu was really close behind. The overall performance of the Toshiba hard disk drive appeared lower than that of the others here.

The last diagram here shows the copy speed from one partition to another. Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A) wins the race having proven the fastest with all types of file groups. The second prize was given to its closest relative, Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A). Fujitsu HDD managed to outperform Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 (HTS726060M9AT00) in a few patterns, while the Toshiba hard disk drive fell behind the latter two.

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