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Portable Storage from Seagate - 5GB Pocket Size and 400GB External

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

X-Bit Labs File Copy Test


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X-Bit Labs File Copy Test is a real world benchmark used to measure the performance of IDE subsystems. In this test, we time how long it takes to copy 2.3GB worth of data (four x 590MB files) onto the same hard disk drive with File Copy Test program optimizations disabled to help provide the most accurate time possible.



In our first File Copy Test we measure the time it takes to transfer 2.3GB of data from the test drive to the master drive.


The Firewire version of the 400GB unit from Seagate is able to match it with the internal PATA drive with the USB 2.0 version about 7MB/s behind the pace. The 5GB pocket drive is well behind but for what it is, it provides reasonable performance which would equate to taking about 10 minutes to copy 5GB of data.



This time we run the same test but with copying data to the same drive which incurs a performance penalty since the drives have to read and write at the same time. The results are pretty much the same but the internal PATA drive comes out in front.


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