Cirago Smart Mobile StoragePropane - August 23, 2007
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The Smart Mobile has two distinct features that it is supposed to provide. The first is the ability to use it as an external hard drive enclosure, while the second is the ability to copy the contents of a flash based or micro drive card, to the enclosed hard drive itself. The testing of the former will be conducted by running HD Tune to determine burst speed, average read time, random access time and CPU usage of the drive. These measurements will be compared to an internal, 500GB Caviar that is currentlly installed in my system and attached via SATA. In addition, a 10MB, 100MB, and 500MB file will be transfered to the hard drive and the resulting times recorded. To test the latter function of the device, the same 10MB, 100MB, and 500MB files will be copied to a Secure Digital card, as well as a Compact flash card. The times that the device takes to transfer the files to the hard drive will then be recorded.
- Intel Core2Duo E6600 Processor
- Gigabyte 965P-DS3 Motherboard
- 2048MB G.Skill HZ RAM
- eVga 8800GTS 640MB Video Card
- GameXtreme 700w Power Supply
- Westren Digital 74GB Raptor
- Westren Digital 500GB Caviar
- Sony Optical Drive
- Antec Sonata II Mid tower Case
- Windows XP Professional
- Logitech wireless Mouse
As the below graphs show, the drive is not the fastest out there, but it is also designed to be transferring data on the road, making its slow speed better than the usual 'no speed' that people bring with them on vacations.
Higher is better.
Lower is better.
Lower is better.
Lower is better
While I was performing the testing, there were some things that came up that were not related to speed, transfer times, or anything technical. For instance, a few things are a little annoying about the unit, including the power button and the LCD display. To even see what is on the LCD, an almost 30 degree tilt is needed. This is so bad, that the first time I looked at the unit, I thought that I had a defective one. The power button also has some small things that irked me. To power the unit on, a simple press will not do. The button has to be held down for a period of about half a second, then released before the unit will power up. Everything else about the unit was very satisfactory.