A-DATA PD7 8GB Flash Drive Review

Makaveli - 2008-01-15 21:38:37 in Storage / Hard Drives
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Reviewed by: Makaveli   
Reviewed on: January 21, 2008
A-DATA
A-DATA
Price: $99.99 USD

Introduction:

In today's world, the main focus for computer hardware is to make faster, smaller, and more affordable products. One of the most common peripherals that we commonly overlook is the flash drive. Flash drives are very convenient and help us transport information easily. As these flash drives get smaller, they also get bigger in terms of storage space. But can we find a flash drive that has a large amount of storage space but is still very fast? A-DATA has recently released its PD7 line of flash drives and today we'll be taking a look at the 8GB model. Will this be the latest and greatest flash drive on the market that is a must-have?

The A-DATA PD7 8GB flash drive boasts 200X speed and being Windows ReadyBoost compatible. I've never seen a flash drive go over 140X so it'll be interesting to see if this PD7 8GB drive can perform as advertised. Join me as I thoroughly investigate A-DATA's PD7 8GB flash drive.

 

Closer Look:

Unfortunately, the A-DATA PD7 flash drive is packaged in the impossible-to-open style of plastic. It took me ten minutes just to find something sharp enough to puncture the packaging. On the front of the package you'll see the features, the flash drive itself, and the capacity of the unit. The back of the package is where you'll find the system requirements and some more features, all in multiple languages.

 

 

"My Flash" is the logo painted onto the aluminum finish of the PD7. On the back of the unit, you'll find the A-DATA logo as well as the URL. The PD7 is the same size as all of the other USB flash drives that I have used; I was expecting it to be slightly bigger since its capacity is a whopping 8 gigabytes.

 

 

Now that we've seen the A-DATA PD7 8GB flash drive up close, let's install it so that we can see if this drive actually performs as advertised.

Installation:

The A-DATA PD7 8GB flash drive is installed by plugging it into an open USB port. This drive is plug-and-play ready so you won't need to install any software before you use it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Configuration:

You may have noticed on the front cover of this flash drive that it works with Windows Vista ReadyBoost. When you plug the flash drive in, Windows Vista immediately detects the drive and brings up the box below. Click "Speed up my system using Windows ReadyBoost" and when the next window pops up, be sure to select the "Use this device" button. Once that's all setup, you're ready to go!

 

 

Now that everything is correctly installed, let's test this flash drive!

Features:

-All information sourced from A-DATA's website: http://www.adata.com.tw/adata_en/product_show.php?ProductNo=AP07200SV

Testing:

To thoroughly test the A-DATA PD7 8GB flash drive, I'm going to be testing it with a program called "Flash Memory Toolkit." The tests from the program that I'll be running are the "Low-level Benchmark" and the "File Benchmark." The "Low-level Benchmark" tests the speed multiplication and how many megabytes a second the drive can achieve while in read format. The "File Benchmark" allows us to see the read and write speed of the drive in KB/s for each of the one, three, and five megabyte files. Higher is better in all tests. I'll be using the Lexar 8GB drive (OCC Review) and a generic 2GB model that I've used for years.

Testing Setup:

Read Speed - Low Level Benchmark:

The first screenshot is of the A-DATA PD7, the second is of the Lexar 8GB, and the third is of the generic 2GB flash drive. Clearly, the A-DATA PD7 destroys the competition by a long shot.

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing stands even close to the A-DATA PD7. Let's move on and see how it fares in the "File Benchmark" test.

Testing:

Read and Write - File Benchmark:

Wow, once again the A-DATA PD7 completely demolishes the competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'd better stop embarrassing those other flash drives, huh?

Conclusion:

I've been reviewing for quite some time now and I can tell you, I have never seen a product completely blow its competition out of the water like the A-DATA PD7 8GB flash drive. I thought that the Lexar 8GB drive would be able to keep up with the A-DATA PD7 but I was sorely mistaken. The A-DATA PD7 8GB almost doubled what its competitors scored in all of the tests! I am extremely amazed at the speed, ease of use, and the fact that this flash drive is Windows ReadyBoost ready. Originally, I thought that my generic 2GB flash drive was pretty darn good but this A-DATA flash drive dropped my jaw when I saw the results. Honestly, I thought there was an error when I was presented with the results, so I ran the tests again and found out that this drive was really that good. I was also pleased that this flash drive had a capacity of 8GB. With the abundance of storage space and amazing speed, you cannot pass up the A-DATA PD7 8GB flash drive!

 

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