Kingston DataPak Portable PC Card 5 Gig Hard Drive
Posted: October 19th, 2002
Written by: Justin "The Sheriff" Woods
This drive isn't going to be lauded for extreme speed, but for it's ease of use, and perfect execution of its design purpose. Adding capacity to older laptops, giving you portable storage that is accepted on laptop PCs, Mac Laptops, and ANY desktop (using the PC card reader, sold seperately), this PC card is one of the most useable portable drives I have ever seen. I know the PC card won't break any speed records, but you should be aware that it does perform as advertized by Kingston. Now, let's take a look at the scores.
Toshiba Tecra 520 CDT
Pentium 1 @ 166mhz
160 megs SDRAM
Windows 2000 SP3
Sysoft Sandra 2002 Standard
Take a look at the benchmarks. the picture on the left is the Kingston drive. For comparison, I also benchmarked the C: Drive, a 4 gig mobile hard drive from Fujitsu. There is a noticable difference in speeds between the 2 drives, and I am guessing the main reason for this is the PC card's bus speed, and not the drive itself. Granted, this doesn't have an significant effect on transfer rates, it is noteable. Another attributing factor may be the overall speed of the PC, which by today's standars is very slow. The numbers speak for themselves. The drive is as fast as it needs to be.
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