hard drive speed test.pngHard drive performance is something a lot of people never think twice about. What would your response be if you were asked what the read/write speed of your hard drive was?

You can get the answer to that question pretty easily. A free and portable utility called HD_Speed will test the transfer speed of a hard drive, CD/DVD drive, USB drive, memory card, and just about anything else that shows up as a drive letter on your PC. You can also have it measure either sustained or data burst rates.

The nice thing is that this app is simple, but still includes all of the features you really need. You can choose whether you want to test read, write, read/write, or read/write/verify speeds. You can also put in a specific duration that you want the test to run for, which makes it easier to get an accurate average speed.

It’s not a ground-breaking program, but it is easy to keep stored on a USB drive since it consists of a single 92KB executable. Go ahead and grab it if you’re wondering just how well one of your drives performs.

HD_Speed Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)

There Are 7 Comments

  1. I have got a virus message threat from AVG anti-virus.
    Is it a false?

  2. So far it has not worked on my W7 or Vista computer, just locks up.

  3. Interesting!!!

  4. Norton AV flagged this as “high risk” – will pass on this one.

  5. checked via [virustotal.com]

    Guess i’ll pass on this one for now.

    HD_Speed.exe
    Submission date:
    2011-12-07 23:30:03 (UTC)
    Current status:
    finished
    Result:
    4/ 43 (9.3%)

    The 4 that matter
    ByteHero 1.0.0.1 2011.12.07 Trojan.Win32.Heur.Gen
    CAT-QuickHeal 12.00 2011.12.07 (Suspicious) – DNAScan
    Comodo 10877 2011.12.07 UnclassifiedMalware
    eSafe 7.0.17.0 2011.12.06 Win32.Artemis

  6. Norton 360 said it was fine. Live a little, grow some hair, and try it.

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