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Hard-Drive Roundup June 2010

Hard-Drive Roundup June 2010

Hard-Drive Roundup

Windows Install Time



Benchmark Results



Installing Windows, chances are that all of us have to do it at one point or another and while it is not essential to have fantastic performance in this area, it is a good test for writing a large amount of data to the drive in a short space of time. This is especially useful due to the fact the variation in file sizes being written is huge. The time taken is recorded from the moment we begin the install, after partitioning and formatting to when the prompt appears where we choose our username.

Backed by a high end motherboard, CPU and memory each of the Windows installs completes in an impressive time with the slowest taking just under 10minutes. Interestingly, despite some excellent performance from the C300 in previous tests it completes in a similar time to the SandForce based models where the OCZ completes the task 2 seconds faster than the Corsair sample.

Also worth noting is that we gained very little performance when moving between single and RAID 0 Kingston configurations. That said the Kingston setups still completed faster than all of the mechanical drives.

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Stuart Davidson

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