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Quantum Fireball Plus LM 20.5 GB HDD
Quantum Fireball Plus LM 20.5 GB HDD - PCSTATS
Abstract: Since my first Fireball had served me so well, and I wanted a lot of space, the next drive I bought was a 6.4-gigabyte Fireball ST.
Filed under: Hard Drives/SSD Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Quantum Oct 29 2000   D. Dee  
Home > Reviews > Hard Drives/SSD > Quantum Fireball Plus

HD Tach 2.61 under WinMe

Lastly, I ran HD Tach 2.61 under WinMe. I don't yet have the cash to get the registered version so it only shows read times and won't run under Windows 2000. Hopefully I'll get the full version in a few months.

The results here were basically identical to those in the transfer rate chart provided by WinBench, which I'm not going to put in here, since this one is much prettier and provides more data. The beginning and end transfer rate numbers are a little lower than those in the other benchmarks, and I can't really say why. Perhaps HD Tach just goes about running the benchmark in a different, more conservative way.

Likewise, HD Tach reports the random access time as 12ms, which is significantly higher than the 7ms number quoted by Sandra. Again, HD Tach might just use a more rigorous testing method.

For reliability testing, I ran Intel's IOMeter under FAT32 for 8 straight hours at 50% read/50% write as a sort of torture test. Not surprisingly, there were no errors found. Chalk up another point for Quantum reliability. I didn't run into any other problems with the drive either.

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Contents of Article: Quantum Fireball Plus
 Pg 1.  Quantum Fireball Plus LM 20.5 GB HDD
 Pg 2.  Fireball Plus LM's basic stats
 Pg 3.  The first benchmark
 Pg 4.  iSoft's Sandra v7.6.49
 Pg 5.  ZD's WinBench99 v1.1
 Pg 6.  — HD Tach 2.61 under WinMe
 Pg 7.  Conclusions

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