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Will the Maxtor 3000DV FireWire drive vary significantly in speed depending on what drivers are used?

December 10th, 2001
by
rob ART morgan, Bare Feats Mad Scientist

I recently noticed a significant difference between running certain drives under Apple's "generic" FireWire enablers and drives formatted with third party formatters and mounted with third party extensions. So I gathered up the latest version of four companies' formatter/drivers and ran various tests using a Maxtor 3000DV FireWire drive.

 

 


GO TO PAGE TWO TO SEE RANDOM READ/WRITE WITH 1024K BLOCK SIZE and 128K BLOCK SIZE.


CONCLUSION

FWB's Hard Disk Toolkit 4.5.1 was fastest in 5 out of 8 tests and second fastest on two. That's a good argument for spending the extra money on third party disk software to get better FireWire performance.

My second choice would be Intech HDST 3.4 which was strong on random write speed.

12/20/01: I found out today that the FireWire loader I was using from FWB is not available to the public until December 24th. However, anyone who has version 4.5 of HDToolkit will get a free upgrade to 4.5.2, which will have the version of the loader I used and some other improvements.

 

WHAT ABOUT RAID SUPPORT?

All four third parties have either separate or combined support of RAID. Intech and Charismac limit you to two drive RAID 0. FWB's HD Toolkit and VST's FireRAID support more than two drives in a RAID 0 (striped) and RAID 1 (mirrored). (Watch for a future report on FireWire RAID using dual FireWire channels.)

 

TEST NOTES

The test "mule" was an Apple Power Mac G4/800MP running OS 9.2 with disk cache set to 512K (to diminish effect of system caching), AppleTalk OFF, Virtual Memory OFF, and Extensions set to minimal (BASE).

TEST DRIVE:

Maxtor Personal Storage 3000DV FireWire (7200RPM 60GB)

TEST DRIVERS/FORMATTERS:

FWB HD Toolkit 4.5 (with 4.5.2 loader)
Intech HD Speed Tools 3.4
Charismac Anubis
Smart Disk/VST Formatter 2.3

 

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