Testing hard disks can be difficult, especially when using such a hard disk intensive operative system as Windows Vista 64-bit - give it thirty seconds and it's spun your hard drives up to handily defragment or index them - not exactly what you want when trying to ascertain a hard drive's peak performance.
To get a decent idea of drive performance in a variety of real world circumstances we tested using a variety of tools. HDTach 3.040 gives us a good idea of theoretical drive performance, FC-Test’s intensive file transfer abilities give us a good idea of real world drive performance, and our image editing suite should expose any problems in the disk controller being unable to keep up with read/write instructions - something cheaper SSDs are prone to.
We also test hard disks in real world circumstances, so cloned an install of Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit onto the drive and then timed the resulting boot time before also timing Crysis load times.
In order to maintain good benchmarking practice, each test was performed five times with the highest and lowest scores discarded and the remaining three results averaged.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 (operating at 3.00GHz – 9x333MHz)