The Great 1TB USB 3.0 Portable HDD Shootout

Results - CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 Results

CrystalDiskMark is an easy-to-run and quick utility to use to gauge a drive’s performance. It measures sequential read and write performance and random read and write speeds of random 4KB, 4KB (queue depth 32) and 512KB data. We also use it for SSD testing.

Looking at sequential read and write performance, the Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt was the clear victor, followed by the Seagate and Verbatim drives. However, as we investigate further by looking at 512k, 4kb and 4kb, queue depth 32 performance, we can see that the Buffalo drive pales in comparison to both the Imation and Western Digital drives. In fact, the Western Digital My Passport drive was the most consistent top performer in this benchmark.