ATP EarthDrive ReviewPropane - August 18, 2008
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To test the EarthDrive, I will use a program called FlashMemoryToolkit to run several tests on the drive and record the results. All of the tests I am going to perform here are available in the free version of FlashMemoryToolkit, so if you have your own drive and want to see how the EarthDrive stacks up, all you have to do is go download the software.
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 (333x8)
- Motherboard: Gigabyte X48-DQ6 w/BIOS F7b
- Memory: Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline 2 x 2GB 5-5-5-12
- Video Card(s): Asus EN8800GT
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Western Digital Caviar 500GB
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
Read Speed - Low Level Benchmark:
The first test is the low level read test. This will give us a speed in megabytes per second, and an X factor.
Read and Write - File Benchmark:
The ATP EarthDrive uses a manufacturing process called "System in Packaging" that, according to ATP Electronics' website, "encapsulates all exposed components and points of failure." This means that the drive should be very durable and waterproof. I'm sure you all want to know if this SIP process works, so I dunked the EarthDrive in water for about an hour. After I let the drive dry off (so I don't burn up my own USB ports), I plugged it into my laptop, and it came right up with no problems. Now, you no longer have to worry about ruining your flash drive if it goes through the washer - but you probably shouldn't put it through the wash, just to be on the safe side.
The drive comes with a trial copy of CarryItEasy, an application which can be used for the synchronization of files and email. In my testing, everything worked well, but it appears that each computer you want to use the software on, you must install it. Also, it will only work for 30 days before you need to buy it, so don't get this drive for the software, because you'll end up having to buy your own anyways.