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Cheaper, Faster and More Versatile: External Hard Drives from CoolMax, Maxtor and Seagate

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Pentium 4, 2.0 GHz256 kB L2 Cache (Willamette)
MotherboardIntel 845EBTIntel 845E ChipsetBIOS BT84520A.86A.0024.P10
Memory256 MB DDR/PC2100, CL2.0Micron/Crucial
Controlleri845E UltraDMA/100-Controller (ICH4)On-Board USB 2.0 (ICH4)On-Board FireWire (Texas Instruments)
Graphics cardATI Radeon SDRAM, 32 MB
Network3COM 905TX PCI 100 MBit
OSWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600Service Pack 1
Benchmarks & Measurements
Office PerformanceZD WinBench 99 - Business DiskWinmark 2.0 c't h2benchw
High-End PerformanceZD WinBench 99 - High-End Disk Winmark 2.0
Performance measurementsc't h2benchw 3.6
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10
Drivers & Settings
Graphics driver5.1.2001.0 (Windows XP Standard)
IDE driverIntel INF Drivers 5.02.1003
DirectX version9.0c
Resolution1024x768, 16 Bit, 85 Hz refresh

Data Transfer Diagrams