ADATA DashDrive Elite 500GB USB3 review


Test system and test procedures

For this review I will be using a PC with
the following configuration.



  • MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte P55A-UD4
  • CPU: Intel
    i5-750 @ 3.4GHz
  • CPU COOLER: Corsair A70
  • RAM: 4GB
    Corsair Dominator
  • VGA: ATI
    Radeon HD 5670
  • HDD1: OCZ
    Vertex 2 60GB (OS Drive)
  • HDD2:
    Samsung Spinpoint 1TB (storage)
  • OS:
    Windows 7 x64


Testing methods

I will try to keep my testing methods as
simple as possible and also as repeatable as possible. So I will run some
simple benchmarks, starting with ATTO and moving on to CrystalDiskMark,
and finishing my tests with HD Tune. All tools that can give a good
impression of how the drive performs in synthetic benchmarks. Also I will run
these benchmarks with the two most common file systems that most users use, the
older and more compatible file system FAT32, and NTFS which is
the current standard having a lot of benefits over FAT32. After those tests
I will also run some further tests that will emulate the real usage of the
drive. The tests are simple tasks such as copying/pasting from one drive to
another, and also a small compatibility test with a list of various consumer
devices that I use in my house.

FAT32 Tests

I will start my tests with the FAT32 file
system that the drive came pre-formatted with. So let’s take a look at the
performance of the ADATA HE720.


For my first test I will be running ATTO.
ATTO will show us how well the drive performs with sequential data.

ADATA DashDrive Elite 500GB USB3 review

The result is very good, taking under
consideration that the drive is only 8.9mm high.


For the second test we can get a more
detailed view on the overall performance of the ADATA DashDrive Elite.

ADATA DashDrive Elite 500GB USB3 review

Again the result is very good for an external
hard drive.

HD Tune

The final benchmark for this set will be
performed using HD Tune.

ADATA DashDrive Elite 500GB USB3 review

As we can see the drive shows some drops in
this test, however is still manages to average 84.5MB/Sec.


The ADATA DashDrive Elite HE720 showed some
very good results for its size with the FAT32 file system.


Let’s move to the next page and test the
drive with the NTFS file system…