PCPer File Copy Test
Our custom PCPer-FC test does some fairly simple file creation and copy routines in order to test the storage system for speed. The script creates a set of files of varying sizes, times the creation process, then copies the same files to another partition on the same hard drive and times the copy process as well. There are four file patterns that we used to try and find any strong or weak points in the hardware: 10 files @ 1000 MB each, 100 files @ 100 MB each, 500 files @ 10 MB each and 1000 files at 1 MB each.
The 320 does much better at file creation as compared with previous generation drives, but still falls short of many. It’s also important to keep in mind that our sample was 300GB, with a much higher write speed rating. Lower capacity models are write speed limited to a further degree, so it is likely the 160GB 320 series will perform like the 160GB X25-M G2 pictured above. Same goes for the 80GB X25-M.
File copy operations were good, tracking at just about saturation for SATA 3Gb/sec.