A-DATA PD17 2GB USB Flash Drive Review

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Performance Testing

A-DATA PD17 and its competition

Sisoft Sandra XII 2008

Sisoft Sandra XII is the latest version of Sandra to hit the streets. We used the Removable Storage benchmark for testing of all of our flash drives. The A-DATA PD17 was benchmarked along with the 1GB Kingston U3 DataTraveler and 512MB OCZ Rally for comparison.

Testing was done on Windows Vista 64-bit Ultimate Edition running on an Asus P5W DH Deluxe motherboard with an Intel Core2Duo E6400 processor and 2GB of Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 memory. The hard drives were two Western Digital 250GB 7200RPM drives in RAID0.

A-DATA PD17 256kb file test

Here we see that the PD17 is on par with the Kingston DataTraveller in read speeds and trailing the OCZ by 7700kB/Sec. However, on the flip side, the PD17 and DataTraveller have more than double the write speed of the OCZ Rally.

A-DATA PD17 64MB file test

When it comes to larger files, the A-DATA PD17 pulls away from the Kingston DataTraveller but continues to trail the OCZ Rally by 6500kB/Sec on read speeds. The PD17 and Rally perform pretty well with matching write speeds.

As we can see, the A-DATA PD17 is not the fastest drive on Earth, but it does hold its own and would meet the needs of the typical user wanting decent performance while backing up their files.

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