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Fujitsu 320GB

Last updated June 01, 2009 - Send Feedback

The Fujitsu 320GB 5400rpm hard drive is supplied by Apple in the 2009 MacBook Pro as the base-level option. And it truly is a “dog”.

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DiskTester results

Test mule: MacBook Pro 2009 17" 2.93GHz
SATA hardware: internal port
Driver: Apple standard
Drive model: MHZ2320BH FFS G1
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Tests on the 2009 MacBook Pro 17" 2.93GHz (see review), using the internal SATA port (system was booted off an external drive to allow testing of the entire drive).

Sequential sustained transfer with different chunk sizes

Performance is bottom-of-the-barrel for 2009.

# Sequential sustained transfer
--- Averages for "Fujitsu300" (512MB/start, 3 iterations) ---
Chunk Size Write MB/sec Read MB/sec
32K 44.0 45.6
64K 57.7 57.9
128K 58.0 58.0
256K 57.6 58.0
512K 57.7 57.9
1MB 57.7 57.9
2MB 57.9 57.9
4MB 57.7 57.8
8MB 57.7 57.9
16MB 57.8 57.9
32MB 58.0 57.8

Area tests

These across-the-drive tests with 1MB and 32MB transfers are fast approximations of drive performance across the drive. Drive speed is slow, ranging to abysmal as the drive fills up beyond 80%.

See Why you need more space than you need to understand the performance decline across the drive.

 

--- Averages for "Fujitsu300" (512MB/1MB, 3 iterations) ---
Area (295.9GB) Write MB/sec Read MB/sec
0% 57.6 57.9
10% 56.8 56.9
20% 55.4 55.0
30% 53.0 53.2
40% 52.2 52.5
50% 49.2 49.5
60% 46.0 46.7
70% 42.1 42.2
80% 38.8 39.1
90% 35.2 34.8
100% 28.4 28.6
Average write speed across the volume: 46.8MB/sec
Average read speed across the volume: 46.9MB/sec --- Averages for "Fujitsu300" (512MB/32MB, 3 iterations) ---
Area (295.9GB) Write MB/sec Read MB/sec
0% 57.4 57.8
10% 56.6 56.9
20% 55.3 55.2
30% 53.0 53.1
40% 52.2 52.7
50% 49.3 49.4
60% 46.3 46.5
70% 41.8 42.4
80% 39.2 38.8
90% 34.8 35.2
100% 28.4 28.5
Average write speed across the volume: 46.8MB/sec
Average read speed across the volume: 47.0MB/sec

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