Per­for­mance TEST RES ULTS

These drives are tough, but are they fast?

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Along with rugged de­sign, you’ll still want good per­for­mance for back­ing up your im­por­tant files. The Freecom Tough Drive and G-Tech G-Drive ev ATC both use fast, 7200rpm drives with a USB 3.0 in­ter­face, and man­age a dead-heat on per­for­mance. When back­ing up smaller files, they have av­er­age write and read speeds of 120MB/sec and 140MB/sec re­spec­tively. They were head-to­head with the Black­Magic video test too, both peak­ing at 450MB/sec and 710MB/sec for write and read.

The StoreJet 100 pro­duced write and read speeds of 92.6MB/sec and 131.6MB/sec with smaller files, while the MiniS­ta­tion Ex­treme dropped to 66.7MB/sec and 113.6MB/sec. How­ever, both drives picked up on the Black­Magic video test, and man­aged to match the scores of the Freecom and G-Tech drives.

But, the stand­out here is La­Cie’s Rugged RAID. Its RAID 0 op­tion and Thun­der­bolt in­ter­face achieved write and read scores of 200MB/sec and 227.3Mb/sec with smaller files, although it was in line with its nonRAID ri­vals for the Black­Magic test.

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