I have 2 hard drives. Both approiximately 4 gigs or a little over. Ones a maxtor and the other is fujitsa or however you spell it. Anyways I'd like to know which of these drives is the faster one. I need it a simple method of testing them before I waste 30 minutes installing a distro on them and seeing which one is faster. These are both second hand and about 4 years old. Thats why I want to test them and not go by stats on websites
hopefully they woudl say which mode they are i.e. mode 3, 4, etc....
mode 4 is faster than mode 5. the faster one will also have a bigger on board cache. if the drives are installed try doing a cat /proc/ide/hdX/cache and also look at some of the other paramters in there.