But we’ve got a test that can measure the files processing speed somewhat better than PCMark does :). I mean FC-Test, of course (for details see our article called X-bit's FC-Test 1.0 or "System Rebooted").
It’s simple to use FC-Test: two 32GB partitions are created on the tested hard disk drive and are formatted in NTFS and then in FAT32. A file-set is created on the first partition and is then read from it, then copied into a folder on the same partition (Copy Near) and then into a folder on the second partition (Copy Far).
The computer is rebooted before each test to avoid the effect of the OS’s file caching on the results. Five file-sets are used:
- Install – 414 files with a total size of 575MB
- ISO – three files with a total size of 1.6GB
- MP3 – 271 files with a total size of 1GB
- Programs – 8504 files with a total size of 1.4GB
- Windows – 9006 files with a total size of 1.06GB
The results of the drives in each test action are discussed below:
The WD1500AHFD is the best at writing large files, while the WD740GD-FLC0 is in the lead on smaller files, even though not by much. The WD740GD-FLA1 disappoints me as it is far behind the two other drives. Let’s now see how fast the drives are at reading the file-sets.
The Raptor X again has the highest read speed, although the WD740GD-FLC0 is very close in some cases. What’s interesting, the WD740GD-FLA1 is quite far behind its brother in all the patterns, except for ISO. The reading of the files is not done at random, so the difference seems to be due to better look-ahead read algorithms of the WD740GD-FLC0 model (you may also recall the results of the Random Read test, too).
The Raptor X is beyond competition at copying files within the same partition. Its large cache and high read/write speeds are the winning factors here. The WD740GD-FLC0 model wins the duel of the two WD740GD by leaving the opponent far behind in four patterns out of five.
Copying from one partition to another doesn’t change anything. The Raptor X is confidently on top, and the WD740GD-FLC0 is much faster than the WD740GD-FLA1.