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XP Wins Firewire drive test, Vista and 7RC no competition.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by fairnooks, Jul 26, 2009.

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    fairnooks Banned Thread Starter

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    Has anyone else found this to be true?

    I've just installed XP on a small form factor Aspire X1200 media desktop system and it has absolutely cleared up all the tics and traits that could have been hardware or software related so I'm jazzed about that (its not a lemon after all!).

    The last test was Firewire write speed over a network. I have two X1200s and the other one has 7RC installed and I use TeraCopy to take my speed measures from. The Firewire connection is built in and it's a small 4-pin type to 6-pin at the external drive. Identical Firewire drives on both systems (750 gig LaCie).

    The write speed to the drive on the 7RC ranges from 4.5 to 5.7 MB/s. The write speed to the firewire drive on this system, when it was under Vista's control was 4.8 to 5.2 MB/s consistently. Both would always seem to start a little faster, like in the 14-17 MB/s range but by the end, that was the average.

    Now, XP write speed to the same firewire drive from a USB drive over the network was 26 MB/s (about 31 gigs in just over 20 minutes if that works out correctly). The write speed from yet another firewire drive over the network was 32 MB/s.

    I had thought, well maybe the 4pin to 6pin cable was a bottleneck or something but such does not seem to be the case now. Choice of OS seems to be the bottleneck. It would be interesting if anyone had similar results or differing results, and maybe find out what, if anything can be done to get the speed up on 7RC. Doesn't bode well if 7 is really just a service pack of Vista becasue Vista shows no signs of correction either.

    These X1200s also have a onboard eSATA port...hmmm, I didn't even think about testing that.
     
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    fairnooks Banned Thread Starter

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    So I'm the only one rooting around here with Firewire drives hanging off my systems?
     
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