Silicon Power Diamond D10 750GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Testing and Software

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Silicon Power Diamond D10 750GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
Specifications
Testing and Software
Final Thoughts

Silicon Power Diamond D10 USB 3.0 HDD - Testing:

For testing of the Diamond D10 we ran 2 sets of tests. First off we did a set of synthetic tests using HDTune. HDTune will give us a pretty good idea what speeds this drive is capable of and gives us a high, low, and average reading.

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For the chart above I have included both a USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 reading to show you just how much the performance increase of going to USB 3.0 really is. If you have a system capable of running USB 3.0 a drive like this is a great idea as it will dramatically cut down on your copying time.

If you would like another point of reference for the Diamond D10 you can refer to our previous review of the Zalman ZM-VE200 external hard drive (review can be found here). When comparing the HDTune results with the Zalman we find that the Diamond D10 is very competitive and the only thing that is able to beat it in those tests was a desktop HDD in an eSATA enclosure. It is pretty good overall performance when a 2.5" hard drive can compete with a 3.5" drive in an eSATA enclosure.

For the next set of tests we'll try some "real world testing". Basically in this set of tests we are mainly doing file transfers of difference sizes to show just how fast this drive is. Just like in the synthetic tests we've included results when using the drive in a USB 3.0 port as well as in a USB 2.0 port.

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Once again when we compare the performance from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 the results are pretty shocking between the two. If you're doing a ton of file transfers you'll obviously want to make the move to USB 3.0.

The results are also very impressive when you consider that this is a 2.5" "laptop" drive which in the past haven't always had the best performance. Now thanks to the Western Digital 750 GB drive the Diamond D10 contains and the use of USB 3.0 we are seeing some very decent speeds and you won't have to sit around for hours waiting for your backup to complete.

 

Silicon Power Diamond D10 USB 3.0 HDD - Software:

I'm not going to go too much into the software side of the Diamond D10 but I wanted to at least show off some of the features that come loaded onto the Diamond D10 with their "SP Widget".

No installation is necessary of this software, just click on the software and you're ready to go.

In the SP Widget you'll find everything you need to get your files backed up very quickly. Even someone not very familiar with backup software shouldn't have any issues using this software.

Primarily the SP Widget features backup tools that will let you customize what you want to backup, but it also lets you encrypt your data on the Diamond D10 which is never a bad idea in the case that you accidentally lose your drive or it gets stolen. With data encryption whoever ends up with your drive will be unable to access the data on this drive without your password, keeping your data nice and safe.

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Also you'll notice on the bottom of the SP Widget you'll get a visual display of how much space you have left and how much spare you are using on your drive.

There we go, software and performance testing is complete, let's move onto the final section where we award the Diamond D10 a final score and recap our thoughts about this product.