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Performance in PCMark04

This time we include PCMark04 into the list of our approved benchmarks. With this benchmarking suite we will test the performance of our hard disk drives in five different modes. You can read more about PCMark04 benchmark and its advantages for HDD testing in our article called “PCMark04: Benchmark for Hard Disk Drives? ”.

Just in case let me remind you briefly of the subtests that come with the PCMark04 testing suite.

Windows XP Startup test contains a sequence of requests sent to the HDD on system start-up. Application Loading test show s disk activity when the system opens and closes six popular applications. File Copying test shows the HDD activity when copying a set of files. Hard Disk Drive Usage reports the disk activity during the work with some widely spread applications.

Having run all the tests for a given HDD, PCMark04 generates a certain performance index calculated according to the following formula:

HDD Score = (XP Startup Trace x 120) + (Application Load trace x 180) + (File Copy Trace x 28) + (General Usage x 265)

In our case we ran each test 10 times, calculated the average values and summed them all up in the table and diagrams below.

According to Windows XP Startup result, Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A) is an indisputable leader. The second and third place is split between Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A) and Toshiba hard disk drive. Fujitsu and Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00) took the sixth and eighth places respectively.

In the Application Loading test our hero, Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A), wins again. The next fastest is Toshiba, and the third and fourth places are taken by Fujitsu HDD and Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A). Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00) appeared only the seventh this time.

The results of File Copying test once again put the two newcomers from Seagate upfront. And they are quite far ahead of the other here, which actually confirms everything we have just seen in FC-Test.

The third place was given to Fujitsu drive closely followed by Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00). Toshiba hard drive we have been paying close attention to today as well, appeared the third one from the end.

Judging by the results of the Hard Disk Drive Usage test, Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A) doesn’t get as far ahead of the competitors, as in the three previous cases. Toshiba HDD follows just a little bit behind. The third fastest here is Fujitsu MHV2100AH, and Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00) follows right behind it. The second Seagate’s newcomer took the sixth place this time.

According to the results of the four previous tests we can calculate the HDD Score. It shows that Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A) is an indisputable winner with a great advantage over the opponents. The second fastest according to the HDD score is Toshiba hard disk drive. The third one – is taken by another Momentus buddy – the Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A). Fujitsu HDD also looks very good here, having taken the fourth place.

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