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Tom’s Storage Charts: New For 2009

Tom's Storage Charts 2009: A New Test Environment

The result of our in-depth testing of hard drives and flash SSDs is regular articles on the latest products, as well as regular updates to our storage charts.

With the introduction of the new storage test system, we also re-tested some of the most popular 3.5” and 2.5” hard drives, as well as most of the flash SSDs we had available. This way, we can get started with all new 2009 storage charts. New hard drives and SSDs will be inserted into the charts when we release a review on those products, so keep checking back for more regular updates than what you're used to seeing.

For the time being, feel free to check out our brand new storage charts for 2009!

2009 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive Charts

2009 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive Charts

2009 Flash SSD Charts

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    kyeana , May 6, 2009 7:05 AM
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    crisisavatar , May 6, 2009 7:51 AM
    woot charts ! now we need gpu ones ( i dont mind waiting til Q2 is over )
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    curryj02 , May 6, 2009 8:13 AM
    Loving the reinstatement of the 'article index' drop down menu... But I think someone needs to smooth out the rough edges. Minor points, but ones I will make nonetheless.
    First, the dimensions are such that you have vertical AND horizontal scroll... kinda annoying.
    Second, the 'index button' width is slightly smaller than the actual drop down menu that appears. So if you click the down arrow and move your cursor directly down (which because of the width issue, is not over the drop down menu) it deselects the index and it disappears. ARGGHHH
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    SpadeM , May 6, 2009 8:47 AM
    joeman42These charts are a disaster. The same exact label is used to denote multiple drives. E.g., Western Digital Raptor or Seagate 7200.11 are each repeated over a half dozen times on each chart. Trying to find a specific model requires you to follow the product link over and over again on each chart. I gave up, still not sure if the one I was interested in is even listed.....

    He's right, and if I select WD and Samsung as filters, and then choose a benchmark, I get all the HDD listed and i have to choose my filters every time I select a benchmark. The old chart system before the site was "pimped" was way better then this.
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    neiroatopelcc , May 6, 2009 8:52 AM
    The charts are bad, but the last version was bad too. The one before that was fine though.
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    xsamitt , May 6, 2009 11:30 AM
    I said we'd get harddrive review this week and lo and behold pappa was right.
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    acasel , May 6, 2009 12:44 PM
    I like the drop down menu now... Its much faster :-)
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    neiroatopelcc , May 6, 2009 12:47 PM
    acaselI like the drop down menu now... Its much faster :-)

    ye but I'd gladly trade the menu for the old layout with avatars and less gray on gray.
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    sublifer , May 6, 2009 1:39 PM
    Yay! drop down menu is back!
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    xsamitt , May 6, 2009 2:20 PM
    Yes but we were told we'd have our avatars back?i don't see them ,do you?
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    sandmanwn , May 6, 2009 2:23 PM
    yeah avatars would be nice to help break up the monotonous comment section. its just one big blob of text.
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    sandmanwn , May 6, 2009 2:26 PM
    WHAT HAPPENED TO OCZ DRIVES!!! Did Intel slip some money under the table?
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    neiroatopelcc , May 6, 2009 2:28 PM
    xsamittYes but we were told we'd have our avatars back?i don't see them ,do you?

    Jane said there was a chance, but she didn't promise.
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    fausto , May 6, 2009 3:16 PM
    there has to be a better way to do this. all i care about is real world performance. these charts are useless.
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    neiroatopelcc , May 6, 2009 3:32 PM
    The charts are useless if you don't know what you need. Yes. But they wouldn't be useless to most of us if we could see which model was performing how well. I know what I need to care most about is average read speed on all my drives except the system one, where access time is relevant as well.
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    stilespj , May 6, 2009 8:52 PM
    Ditto on the useless chart theme!!!
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    Anonymous , May 6, 2009 8:54 PM
    No numbers for Intel power consumption!???? what a joke. C'mon Tom's surely you can do better.
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    Area51 , May 6, 2009 9:01 PM
    I don't get two things.
    1. If this is a test bed then shouldn't you be using the fastest CPU available to you? Also I believe the i920 has a 4.8GT/s, so it can be a limiting factor when you are testing other components.
    2. Why are you not including the Intel SSD's They have been around for a while and they are still missing from your SSD charts.
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    Anonymous , May 6, 2009 9:01 PM
    No Intel SSD numbers at all! that's got to be the biggest oversight in the history of the universe.
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    drumerman , May 7, 2009 3:29 AM
    SSD charts need intel's drives as well as OCZ's vertex drives... these drives aren't that new, they should be listed
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