In Hard-Disk and SSD Speed Comparisons I compared a Mushkin SSD with 60 GB against a ADATA with 128 GB against a Seagate 1 TB hard disk drive. The SSD’s had roughly three times the speed of the hard disk drive. I.e., 380 MB/s vs. 134 MB/s for reading Mushkin vs. Seagate, and 297 MB/s vs. 131 MB/s for writing ADATA vs. Seagate.
I also compared USB-thumb-drives against above Seagate 1 TB hard drive in Hard-Disk and USB Drive Speed Comparisons. Read times were comparable (100-200 MB/s), while for writing the Seagate drive was roughly 4 to 5-times faster (100 MB/s vs 20 MB/s).
Hard drives speeds and prices in 2013 are given in Harddisk Drive Speed in MB/s. Read speeds are roughly 200 MB/s for enterprise drives.
Now the read- and write-speeds of the SSD in the Dell XPS 13 9350 are quite astonishing: up to 1.5 GB/s for reading, 532 MB/s for writing. Even if you use LUKS/dm-crypt the values are 840 MB/s for reading, and 428 MB/s for writing. Below are the measurements using gnome-disk-utility.
I bought a new Mushkin SSD with 60 GB. These are the results with gnome-disk-utility.
Continuing the post Harddisk Drive Speed in MB/s, here are some benchmarks for consumer grade hard disks, USB thumb drives, and solid state drives (SSD).
A 64 GB SanDisk USB 3.0 thumb drive:
This USB drive has only half of the speed of the USB drive given below.
Below picture is from Read Throughput Average in Tom’s Hardware.
Recently I installed an additional SATA drive on my Lenovo laptop. Without much ado I formatted the drive to ext4. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that the hard drive is spinning almost twice a second. My first drive on the laptop is also formatted with ext4, so using ext4 was a natural choice. A Google search revealed that I am not alone with this problem (USB Drive Blinks Constantly on EXT4 Format), and pointed out that formatting with ext3 can cure the problem. Which it indeed did.
The morale is: Newer is not always better.