Posted by CANbike on Mon, 28 Jan 2013

Benchmark: Kingston DTSE9 (16 GB)

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The Kingston DataTraveler SE9 (DTSE9) is commonly found for a cheap price. Benchmarked is the 16GB model formated to have a single fat32 partition.

As usual for these cheap flash drives, performance is slow though better than average for it’s price class. However, the construction and size of this device is outstanding. The outer casing is made of aluminum, and it’s very robust. There are no moving parts or caps to remove. In addition, it’s tiny compared to other flash drives. According to Kingston’s marketing literature this flash drive is designed to be portable and to complement Ultrabooks and tablets. That is a claim I fully agree with as the device easily fits in a pocket without being damaged. Moreover, it cleanly fits into the USB port without a large bulge. It’s not a micro flash drive, but I happily leave one connected to the USB port on my Blu-ray player.

The Kingston DTSE9 is definitely a worth while purchase for the robust construction of the flash drive. On the other hand, if fast read/write speeds are required then this drive may disappoint. Data integrity and performance, though, should be reliable as the device comes with a five-year warranty.

Device Information

fdisk -l  /dev/sdi

Disk /dev/sdi: 15.6 GB, 15606349824 bytes
116 heads, 52 sectors/track, 5053 cylinders, total 30481152 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc3072e18

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdi1   *        8064    30481151    15236544    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Device Read Benchmark (USB 2.0)

hdparm -t  /dev/sdi1

 Timing buffered disk reads:  48 MB in  3.06 seconds =  15.68 MB/sec

Device Write Benchmark: 1MB x 1000 (USB 2.0)

dd if=/dev/zero of=tempfile bs=1M count=1000 conv=fdatasync,notrunc
1000+0 records in
1000+0 records out
1048576000 bytes (1.0 GB) copied, 231.945 s, 4.5 MB/s

Device Write Benchmark: 10MB x 100 (USB 2.0)

dd if=/dev/zero of=tempfile bs=10M count=100 conv=fdatasync,notrunc
100+0 records in
100+0 records out
1048576000 bytes (1.0 GB) copied, 268.32 s, 3.9 MB/s

Device Write Benchmark: 100MB x 10 (USB 2.0)

dd if=/dev/zero of=tempfile bs=100M count=10 conv=fdatasync,notrunc
10+0 records in
10+0 records out
1048576000 bytes (1.0 GB) copied, 273.559 s, 3.8 MB/s

Device Write Benchmark: 500MB x 2 (USB 2.0)

dd if=/dev/zero of=tempfile bs=500M count=2 conv=fdatasync,notrunc
2+0 records in
2+0 records out
1048576000 bytes (1.0 GB) copied, 281.629 s, 3.7 MB/s

Device Write Benchmark: 1000MB x 1 (USB 2.0)

dd if=/dev/zero of=tempfile bs=1000M count=1 conv=fdatasync,notrunc
1+0 records in
1+0 records out
1048576000 bytes (1.0 GB) copied, 284.928 s, 3.7 MB/s