Maxtor Shared Storage II 1Terabyte Network Hard DriveMakaveli - June 27, 2007
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To test this drive, I’m going to work with every major feature and see how everything works. I’m going to report on how well the drive streams data and how well it backs up and restores. My computer is down in the basement and the drive is two floors up sitting next to the router, so I am connected to the router via my Linksys wireless card. After the wireless testing, I'll be testing the hard drive when it's hardwired to my computer directly. I'll be transfering 10MB, 100MB, and 500MB files to the drive while it's wireless and wired to see how much of a difference it makes.
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
- Abit IN9 32X-Max Wi-Fi Motherboard
- Mushkin XP2-6400 (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 Memory
- eVGA 7950GT KO Video Card
- Cooler Master 750watt Power Supply
- Western Digital 250GB IDE Hard Drive
- Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
- Seagate 80GB IDE Hard Drive
- LG DVD-R DL Burner
- Windows XP Media Center 2005
- Turtle Beach Montego DDL Sound Card
- Enermax Uber Chakra ATX Full Tower Case
- Linksys Wireless-G Card & Router
During this 10MB/100MB/500MB test I am going to be timing how long it took to transfer the files via wireless and wired. Lower is better in all tests and results are in seconds.
When I backed up 100GB of data I did it twice; once with my Linksys Wireless-G card and once with my gigabit LAN port. The drive uses an auto-switching capability to get optimal transfer speeds. I recorded how long it took to transfer the 100GB of data to the drive. All results are in minutes and lower is better.
Clearly, this drive has much better transfer rates while it's wired than on wireless. Since the speed differs between wireless cards, the results will be different for each computer, but there is no question that when this drive is hooked up directly to your computer, the transfer rates are through the roof!
The next thing we'll look at is the CPU usage during the transfer of a 1GB file. What I found was that the hardwired setup went way faster than the wireless setup, but used slightly more of the CPU. The hardwire setup is on the left and the wireless is on the right, and are displaying the highest CPU usage percentage seen during testing.
The last thing I was interested in was the access time of the drive. To test this, I recorded how long it took to open a 1GB file when hardwired and wireless. I also tried how fast it was on my main internal hard drive, but it was instantaneous. In this test, lower is better and times are in seconds.
Of course the access time depends on your wireless card and LAN port but it's safe to say that the drive is quicker to access when it's hardwired to your computer.
As far as setting up the drive, I felt that if there was a hard copy of the manual included, it would have been much easier. It was easy once I got used to all the buttons and options I had. I was particularly impressed with how easy it was to backup and restore data. It was pretty much one or two clicks and you’re ready to go. The scheduled backups were set for one week, meaning that you can’t look ahead more than a week to set a backup time.
While testing, I tried using this drive to stream media and I am still speechless. It streamed as if I were accessing it from a hard drive from within my computer – that quick! There was no delay from the time I clicked it and when it started playing, and I was doing this wirelessly! Hooking it up to the TiVo seemed impossible, but once I did it – it was really awesome. Now my family can stop asking for my book of DVDs and they can just access all of our movies from the drive and stream them flawlessly to the TV or computer they are on.
The drag and drop ability of the drive was easy as can be. It wasn’t as fast as dragging and dropping between hard drives in my computer because I was doing this via a wireless card.