25 year old hard drives benchmarked with ReadSpeed!

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SpinRite Customer
Dec 29, 2020
Ontario, Canada
Hi everyone,

For fun, I thought I'd copy the ReadSpeed executable over to my old Pentium 100 MHz (which I still use at least once a day!) root directory, exit out of Windows 95 and restart in MS-DOS 6,22 mode and bypass my autoexec.bat and config.sys files by hitting F5 during boot. ReadSpeed benchmarked my two drives, one a Maxtor 3.2 GB and the other a Western Digital 1.2 GB, if I combined both of those it would be smaller than a modern USB thumb drive! :giggle:

Anyway I thought just for fun, I'd share my results from my blazing fast old reliable drives:
  | ReadSpeed: Hyper-accurate mass storage read-performance benchmark. rel 1 |
  |  Benchmarked values are in megabytes read per second at five locations.  |

Driv Size  Drive Identity     Location:    0      25%     50%     75%     100
---- ----- ---------------------------- ------- ------- ------- ------- -------
 80  3.2GB Maxtor 83201A6                  7.1     6.4     5.2     4.9     4.5
 81  1.2GB WDC AC31200F                    3.0     2.9     2.9     2.8     2.7

                  Benchmarked: Tuesday, 2020-12-29 at 20:04
   See the ReadSpeed forums at forums.grc.com for help and community support.

It took a good 10-15 minutes to benchmark these drives. The Western Digital drive is a few years older than the Maxtor. The Maxtor is partitioned into a 2 GB and a 1.2 GB partition due to Windows 95a's older file system not supporting drives over 2 GB. It's just incredible the speed difference of modern drives, but my old computer didn't feel slow back in the day!

I still use SpinRite on these drives every once in a while, and I honestly think they enjoy the workout! :giggle:

Happy New Year!

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