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Category Archives: Desktop

Desktop and workstation topics, such as Windows, utility software, backup, etc. Essentially, home computing.

Inateck USB3 2.5″ enclosure


I got an Inateck USB 3.0 2.5″ SATA III disk enclosure. I placed my OCZ SSD in there, and got the following Crystal Disk Mark results: ———————————————————————– CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2015 hiyohiyo Crystal Dew World : ———————————————————————– * MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s] * KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = […]

HP 350 G1 i3-4005U DDR3 Benchmarks


I recently bought this laptop. It came with 4GB of DDR3L-1600 CAS-11 memory. I also recently purchased a pair of 8GB OF DDR3L-1600 CAS-9 memory, figuring that this pair would allow for dual-channel acces and also that the CAS-9 would improve performance (not to mention that the extra memory in general would also help). I […]

Sandisk Extreme USB 3.0 64GB SDCZ80-064G-GAM46 Benchmark


Fresh out of the box:

That’s 167 MB/s sequential write—pretty cool. Since this is on Windows 7, there’s no UASP support, which should improve performance even more. Be the first to like. Like Unlike

Home Computer Setup Checklist


2017-02-09 Update As has been widely reported—and a good netizen recently pointed out to me—TrueCrypt is no longer being maintained. I’ve been using Bitlocker To Go (built into Pro versions of Windows) instead. This is only possible on Pro versions of Windows. But, I have Pro where I need it. There are alternatives. This article […]

Mushkin Ventura Pro 64GB USB 3.0 Benchmark


As formated out-of-the-box (58.9 GB FAT32):

After hard formatting as exFAT (with default 128kB clusters):

Got it from this slick deal. It actually performs better (on the reads) than advertised (advertised as 120MB/s), and slightly better on the writes (advertised as 70 MB/s). Update Oct 19 I ran some dd tests […]

Corsair USB 3.0 16GB CMFVYGT3-16GB speed test


Looks basically like that other Corsair I bought a month ago. I basically bought another one so I can set up my FreeBSD root as a mirror of two 16 GB USB drives that are relatively fast for USB (even in a USB 2.0 port). This is in a USB 3.0 port:

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USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed) flash/SSD drive tests


I ran these on my (8GB RAM) Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K (not overclocked) H67 machine. I compared a newly bought USB 3.0 16 GB drive to an internal Kingston SATA and a previously purchased 8GB USB 3.0. I also compare the USB 3.0 drives to their performance with USB 2.0 port speeds. Be the first […]

Kingston DataTraveler 101 Gen 2 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Speed Test


Testing these drives: – Kingston DataTraveler 101 Gen 2 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Cyan) Model DT101G2/4GBZ I got them free with some RAM. Here are the results:

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More flash USB disk tests


Tested some more USB flash drives. Running from my Lenovo work laptop, USB 2.0 only: Random 8G USB from a vendor

Super Talent Express Duo 8GB (capable of USB 3.0, but running in USB 2.0)

Super Talent Pico 16 GB

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Flash disk cost and performance (USB, SSD, SDHC)


I’ve been reading up on using a USB flash drive as an L2ARC for ZFS. Some reason that since the bandwidth of USB is much lower than SATA. However, others reason that since the USB flash drive has no seek time, it will speed up non-sequential reads, which is what the L2ARC is there for. […]