ADATA HD710A Rugged USB 3.0 HDD - Performance Testing

Article Index
ADATA HD710A Rugged USB 3.0 HDD
Features and Specifications
Performance Testing
Abuse-Proof and Final Thoughts

ADATA HD710A 1TB Testing:

When we test an external hard drive, there really isn't a ton of things we are interested in when it comes right down to it. We basically want to know how fast it can transfer files back and forth. This is essentially what it is designed to do and so we find out how well it can do this job. It's been almost a year since we actually reviewed an external USB 3.0 Hard Drive and while we have a ton of current data to compare with SSDs, this mechanical drive is in a different class as it is designed to carry a lot of files for not a lot of money. We will be comparing this unit to a 2TB Silicon Power A30, but keep in mind that the platter density makes a difference in performance so this won't be a straight apples-to-apples comparison. Still it will give you an idea how these two different drives compare.

 

AS SSD Performance:

While the name suggests that this benchmark is designed for SSDs, it can be used equally well on mechanical drives. This drive shows how well a 5400rpm drive can perform. As this is a 1TB drive, the dense platters give you very good performance at slower rotation speeds.

AS SSD Performance

As you can see above the Silicon Power A30 out-performs the ADATA HD710A when it comes to sequential read speed, but in this test ADATA takes the cake in smaller file transfers and in access times. In the real world, you probably won't notice this as the difference is very small. Still, numbers are numbers and if you're doing a ton of tiny file reads and writes, the HD710A seems to come out in the lead - in this test. On the other hand, if you are transferring large files, the A30 seems to win - and at 10MB/s, that is a difference you'll probably notice if you're transferring a lot of large files.

 

ATTO Performance:

ATTO tests transfer speeds on both the read and write side of things and compares the performance of different file sizes. As you can see below, files 2KB and smaller are pretty slow and it speeds up quickly until we hit the wall around 32KB where the drive speed basically tops out. Either way, it's not a slouch for a mechanical drive - let alone an external drive thanks to the wonders of USB 3.0.

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We compared the HD710A with Silicon Power's A30 below for reference. You'll see below that the ADATA drive actually is faster when it comes to files 32k and smaller, but larger file sizes are clearly the strength of the Silicon Power unit. Both post respectable numbers for 2.5-inch drives, but the Silicon Power slips into the lead once again when it comes to large and sustained file transfers.

ATTO Read ATTO Write

 

CrystalDiskMark:

This benchmark confirms what we've seen in the other tests. The drive does a very good job with sequential reads and writes and even does pretty well with 512KB files, but once we get down to tiny files, performance is pretty sluggish. Keep in mind that most external drives will likely be used for movies, music and backups and the performance will be nice and speedy. It also shows once again that a 2TB drive is inherently faster than a 1TB drive.

CrystalDiskMark

 

CDM - Read
CDM - Write

 

We have other benchmarks that confirm the previous results in our gallery here. Head on over and check them out if you want even more proof that a 2TB drive is slightly faster than a 1TB drive.

Now then, with that out of the way we can head on to the next page and start testing this drive to see if it is as waterproof and as shock-resistant as they claim.