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Testbed and Methods

Here are the programs and utilities we used to btest the performance of this new solution:

  • FC-Test version 1.0;
  • AIDA32 version 3.95.

For our benchmarks we assembled the following test system:

  • Albatron PX865PE Pro mainboard;
  • Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz CPU;
  • IBM DTLA-307015 15GB system HDD;
  • Radeon 7000 32MB graphics card;
  • 256MB of system RAM;
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 OS with Service Pack 4.

We tested this hard disk drive with an ImageMate USB 2.0 card-reader from SanDisk. The HDD was formatted for FAT32 file system with the cluster of default size.

Performance in FC-Test

To test Seagate ST1 HDD in our FC-Test testing package we selected two patterns. The first one consisted of 100 files 1MB each. The second pattern consisted of one single file 100MB big. In order to better reveal the advantages and drawbacks of the new storage solution, we will compare it to similar products: Hitachi Microdrive HMS360404D5CF00 from the 3K4 family featuring 4GB storage capacity, and GS Magicstor with 2.2GB storage capacity, which are also designed for CompactFlash interface (see our article called Two Microdrive Hard Disk Drives from Hitachi for details).

When we compared the performance of our today’s hero with that of other testing participants we made a few allowances. The matter is that for the other tested products we used two patterns consisting of 900 files 1MB each and of one single file 900MB big. However, we considered true the assumption that once you reach a certain threshold file size, it no longer affects the performance during read and write operations. Therefore, we allowed ourselves to provide the data obtained during previous test session and those obtained today for our Seagate ST1 drive in the same tables and on the same diagrams.

On the first diagram you see the results of the Create algorithm for a large number of smaller files (1MB each). The new Seagate HDD is evidently faster than the competitors here.

File reading allows Seagate ST1 to get even farther ahead of the competitors. This hard disk drive is almost 2MB/sec faster than the closest rival, Hitachi Microdrive, while its victory over the GS Magicstor is simply dramatic for the latter.

Now let’s check out results obtained when we wrote a single large file onto the drive:

The gap between the leader and its opponents is even bigger than in case we have a lot of smaller files to create. The write speed of the new Seagate solution is almost 1.5 times higher.

The last diagram demonstrates read speed from one large file. Again we see that Seagate solution retained its indisputable leadership. It performs at a very stable speed while the file size has changed dramatically compared with the previous test.

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