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Our entire test suite was run start to finish three times on each drive with
a reboot and defragmentation in between runs for each drive except for SSDs
and the Momentus XT (defragmentation resets optimizations made to the XT's flash
memory). The best times were collected for comparison.
Load time was very low for the Barracuda XT, beaten only by the Kingston SSDNow,
and the Momentus XT, Seagate's Hybrid laptop drive. Total loading time for all
three tests was shaved by a few seconds compared to the 1TB Barracuda 7200.11.
The EcoGreen F4 came in second last. It was slightly behind its predecessor,
the F3, and the WD Scorpio Blue in total load time, a slightly disappointing
Application performance was even more impressive for the Barracuda XT, taking
the crown in anti-virus scanning using NOD32, and coming in second behind the
SSDNow in ExactFile. Both drives performed extremely well in TrueCrypt, but
the F4's total time for all three application tests was five seconds slower
than the F3.
When copying files to itself, both drives are pretty fast, particularly with
Timed installs of PowerDVD and 3DMark06 favored the SSDNow and Barracuda 7200.11.
Both the Barracuda XT and EcoGreen F4 hold their own here, marginally faster
than the rest of the field.
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