|ACARD ANS-9010 DDR2 SATA RAM-Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 26 March 2009|
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Windows XP Startup
EDITORS NOTE: The ACARD ANS-9010 is NOT recommended by Benchmark Reviews to act as a primary drive. Loading an Operating System is possible, but because of the fragile state of data retention, it's not encouraged.
After several SSD product reviews in which I recorded Windows XP startup time data, I have repeatedly omitted my results from the article for lack of enough comparison data. In all honesty, I cannot make this an interesting subject. Most of you reading this article have already watched the video of a Windows computer starting up in mere seconds when it used a Solid State Drive, so it wouldn't be very exciting to show it again. Instead, I have recorded the length of time it took for my Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook computer to startup with each drive. Here are the specifications on the notebook:
This "test" is going to be useful to laptop computer users only, primarily because I did not test the desktop hard drives. The only hard drives included were the high-performance 7200 RPM Hitachi Travelstar 7K100, which recorded a 28-second* total load time, and the 5400 RPM Hitachi with 35 seconds* from the moment I pressed the power button to the moment the Windows Login screen was displayed. The primary purpose of this test was to demonstrate that a Solid State Drive could in fact cut the Windows load time in half, but there are other factors to consider.
* Please note that the Dell Inspiron 6400 consumes almost 11 seconds on the BIOS pre-loading and POST (Power-On Self Test) routines prior to actually beginning to load Microsoft Windows XP, so it's not realistic to compare our results to another system. This benchmark is offered for comparison and entertainment purposes only.