We feel very strongly about testing a HDD in "real world" conditions.
We loaded up our 45GB HDD with 10GBs of data using Windows ME
as our operating platform. We also used our normal AMD Athlon
KX133 test bed computer with ATA/100 support.
Athlon Slot A 800MHz
GeForce2 GTS 32MB
SQ2500 (yes, still using this baby!)
DVD-114 10x DVD/40x CD-ROM
Millennium Edition Using FAT32 File System
IDE Busmaster Driver v2.1.50
Tach Read Test
Overall the IBM 75GXP did quite well in our HD Tach benchmark.
Scoring a random access time of 12.6 ms, across the whole disk
is good, and well within our margin of error. A maximum read
burst speed of 76.8MBps, which is below the ATA/100 maximum
read speed, but that is to be expected.
Tach reports an overall CPU utilization of about 12.8%, which
is quite normal.