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Performance in FC-Test

Well, now it’s high time we got down to a benchmark that produces the most realistic performance results. Yes, I am talking about FC-test. Let me remind you once again that the credible performance measurements are guaranteed by the working principles of this software we developed in our labs for HDD testing.

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 Tow new hard disk drives from Seagate that are the main heroes of our today’s test session have been placed next to one another for easier analysis of the results.

We will start discussing the results with the NTFS file system:

The first diagram shows the time each of the hard drives needed to create new files. An indisputable leader in all patterns is Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A). The second newcomer from Seagate, also performed very well having shown the second best result. Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00), Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 (HTS726060M9AT00) and the Fujitsu hard disk drive fell far behind the leaders and demonstrated about the same level of performance.

Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A) retained its leadership in the file reading test. The situation with Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A) turned out not so rosy, though. This guy failed to retain its prestigious second position, rolled down to the level of Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00) and gave the second prize over to Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 (HTS726060M9AT00) and Fujitsu hard drives in most patterns. Toshiba HDD is just a little bit behind the leaders.

When we copy files within the same partition Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A) HDD stays ahead of the race. The second Seagate newcomer also looks very nice here: it is ahead of the competitors in most patterns. The leading group also includes the Fujitsu hard drive, Toshiba hard drive and Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00), which also proved pretty fast, although not the fastest of all.

The situation remains the same even when we test the copy speed from one partition to another. Far ahead of everyone else is again Seagate Momentus 7200.1 100GB (ST910021A) followed by its younger brother, Seagate Momentus 5400.2 120GB (ST9120821A). The other three usual suspects, the Fujitsu, Toshiba and Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 100GB (HTS541010G9AT00) are again sharing the third place.

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