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Portable Storage from Seagate - 5GB Pocket Size and 400GB External - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and HD Tach

Seagate has decided to get in on the action with products catering for users with portable storage needs. Over the past few years we've seen the influx of portable storage devices such as pen drives which many of couldn't do without in our day to day lives. Who doesn't want 1 and 0's in their pocket for convenience? Read on as we take a close look at both products and then put them through their paces and see just how they perform.

| Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Jun 24, 2005 4:00 am

Test System System

 

Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz (800MHz FSB)

 

Motherboard(s): DFI LAN Party 865PE (ICH5R)

 

Memory(s): Kingmax 2 x 512MB DDR-500

 

Video Card(s): ATI Radeon 9600XT 256MB AGP

 

Hard Disk(s): Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 200GB PATA

 

Operating System Used: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

 

So, we know both devices from Seagate are quite funky and work well... but, how do they perform? To find out we've used HD Tach, a popular storage benchmark utility and File Copy Test moving 2.3GB worth of data, and compared both products (USB 2.0 and Firewire on the external drive) against a standard USB 2.0 pen drive and a slaved PATA system drive.

 

These results should give you a good indication of how well the 5GB pocket drive from Seagate performs against a regular pen drive and how the 400GB external unit performs against a hard drive inside your case connected to the IDE bus through the older Intel ICH5R south bridge.

 

Let's begin and see how they go!

 

HD Tach

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 3.0.1.0

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.simplisoftware.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.simplisoftware.com/Public/index.php?request=HdTach

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