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TweakTown Storage Product Testing - Our How To Video Guide - Drive Testing Software Settings - Continued

There are many ways to test hard drives and NAS servers. Come see how we do it in a series of easy to follow video demonstrations so that you can too.

| Editorials in Storage | Posted: Sep 29, 2009 4:04 am

- ATTO Benchmark

 

The ATTO benchmark is pretty straight forward and has been used for many years, although it can be difficult to locate. ATTO is actually a company who specializes in RAID controllers and they happened to make a pretty good benchmark that has survived the test of time.

 

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- PCMark Vantage

 

FutureMark has several industry leading benchmarks and PCMark is no exception. There are a couple of settings that will allow you to just run the tests we need to get the results we are after.

 

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First go in and choose the HDD test only by deselecting the check boxes for the other tests.

 

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The next step is very important, select the drive that you plan to test.

 


- PassMark Advanced Disk Tests

 

I get more emails about this set of tests more than any other. We use four different tests in the PassMark suite for testing HDDs. We also change the default time for each test to 180 seconds.

 

 


- Crystal Disk Mark Tests

 

Crystal Disk Mark Benchmark is wildly popular in Asia and we are now introducing it into our test suite. Personally I feel that the benchmark relies too much on a drives cache and will rarely comment on the results of the test. For me, running this test has a much more devious purpose when testing SSDs. Since SSDs can degrade in performance over usage until a form of "garbage collection" is run, this test will go a long way in finishing off the optimum performance a drive has.

 

For this test we run the drive through all four tests; 50MB, 100MB, 500MB and 1000MB.

 

 

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