Sunday, September 5, 2010

Measuring your Hard Drive data rates

If you ever read the throughput numbers on your hard drive, you probably know that most SATA drives claim a data rate of (typically) at least 150MB/s. Of course these numbers are simply theoretical maximum transfer rates which you will never realize. So to help analyze your actual data rates your hard drive is giving you, check the free HD Speed utility:

Measures both sustained and burst data transfer rates of your hard disks, cd/dvd-roms, flash cards/sticks, floppys, etc. Realtime graphical display.

While the name has HD in it, you can see that this utility will measure the values from just about any removable device. While this really isn’t a benchmark type of utility, if you are looking to compare two different hard drives or flash drives then this utility can be a good way to get some real world data.

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