External Storage Roundup: LaCie, Toshiba, and WD

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Our Test Methodologies: Under each test condition, the drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with an SSD for the OS and benchmark installations. Our testbed's motherboard was updated with the latest BIOS available as of press time and AHCI mode was enabled. The drives inside the external storage unit were left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO, PCMark 7, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Specifications & Features

  Hardware Used:    Relevant Software:  
Processor -

Motherboard -


Video Card -

Memory -

Hard Drives -
 
Intel Core i7-3770K

MSI Z77 MPOWER
(Z77 Chipset, AHCI Enabled)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285

4GB Kingston DDR3-1600

OCZ Vertex 4 SSD 128GB (OS Drive)
LaCie Porsche P9220
Toshiba Canvio Connect
WD My Passport Ultra
OS -

Chipset Drivers -

DirectX -

Video Drivers -
 
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

Intel 9.2.0.1030, iRST 10.5.1027

DirectX 11

NVIDIA GeForce 306.97

Benchmarks Used:
ATTO v2.47
CrystalDiskMark v3.01 x64
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra 2011



First we ran SiSoft SANDRA, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provided the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run without formatting and read and write performance metrics are detailed below.

SiSoft SANDRA
Synthetic HDD Benchmarking



All three of these drives delivered a nice balance of read and write speeds. The LaCie Porsche P9220 delivered the strongest score of the trio, but both of the other entrants were close behind.

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