How we tested

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When we came to bench­mark­ing each drive’s per­for­mance, we fo­cussed mainly on their file trans­fer speeds. Each drive was con­nected to the net­work us­ing the Eth­er­net ca­ble sup­plied with the drive. The two diskless drives were tested us­ing a pair of 3TB drives from Western Dig­i­tal’s Red range, which are op­ti­mised for net­work use and are also found in the WD My Cloud and Net­gear drives.

We bench­marked each drive’s trans­fer speeds us­ing two sep­a­rate fold­ers, each con­tain­ing around 20GB of data. The key dif­fer­ence was that the first folder con­tained just 17 large MP4 files, while the sec­ond con­tained over 40,000 smaller files. Each folder was copied to and from the drive separately on three oc­ca­sions, and an av­er­age was then taken. We also tested ba­sic read/write trans­fer rates us­ing Black­Magic’s Disk Speed Test app.

In ad­di­tion, we mon­i­tored each drive’s over­all re­spon­sive­ness when run­ning apps like Plex Me­dia Server to see if the drive’s pro­ces­sor and RAM counted else­where too. In this lat­ter test, the Synol­ogy drive’s un­der­pow­ered specs were par­tic­u­larly ex­posed, lag­ging a fair amount be­hind the oth­ers.

Trans­fer speeds vary by the quan­tity and size of files.

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