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Ultimate DOS kernel file copy speed test (Miscellaneous)

posted by lucho, 30.07.2007, 17:38

The eternal question: Which DOS to choose? Speed is also an important criteria! Today I did the following simple test. Copied a 68 MB file from one FAT32 drive with 16 KB clusters to another FAT32 drive with 4 KB clusters. The machine is a Celeron PIII-1.2GHz, ATA-66 HDD, 512 MB of RAM, with Jack's drivers loaded. The times in seconds (rounded to an integer number for clarity) are, as follows:

MS-DOS: 17
PC-DOS: 17
FreeDOS: 80
ROM-DOS: test failed resulting in hang-up and lost clusters.

(As to the alleged future in FreeDOS: No, it's past. All DOS is past. Let's face it. The only past that is future too is Unix. Eternal like the Egypt pyramids... Still alive and evolving in Mac OS X, Solaris, the BSD family, Linux and so on.)


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