Roundup: Hand-Held Hard Drives With Up To 500 GB

Test Setup, Access Time

System Hardware
2 x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core)3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
Asus NCL-DS (Socket 604)
Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)
2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controller(s)
Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Promise SATA 300TX4
Promise FastTrak TX4310
Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics Subsystem
On-Board Graphics
ATI Rage XL, 8 MB
Performance Measurement
c't h2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
System Software and Platform Drivers
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1
Platform Driver
Intel Chipset Installation Utility
Graphic Driver
Default Windows Graphics Driver

Access Time

Access times are important if you intend to work with lots of files on a regular basis, or if you regularly use the drive while large backup or restore processes are still running. If this is not the case and you want the drive as a storage product only, access time is a secondary metric.