Very few people ever check their hard drive speed because they don’t know how to. But you should know that the speed of a computer is also affected by the speed of the hard drive. This tool also tests the speed of pen drive/flash drive/thumb drive.
Here is a simple and free tool to help you test your hard drive and pen drive speed: Parkdale
Download Parkdale and then run it. You will get this window from where you can test speed.
1) Choose what device you want to use from the side menu. (The above screenshot lists a Kingston pen drive and a Samsung hard drive)
2) Choose the size of file you want to test which will test the speed. Higher the file size you choose more accurate the result will be, but it will take more time if the file size if bigger.
(The software writes and reads [transfers file from and to computer] file to your drive)
3) In the ‘Block Size’ select ’64 kByte’ for windows and ’1 MByte’ for non-windows.
The result of the test speed
Seq. Write Speed: This shows you the speed for how much time it will take to save a big file into the drive(transfer into it).
Random QD32: This indicates that how much time it will take to save many small files into your drive. If you have a collection of 200 songs then at what speed your files will get transferred per second.
Seq. Read Speed: This gives you the speed for how much time it will take to open/read a big file stored in the drive.
Random QD32: This tells you the time it will take to open/read small or random files from your drive.
Writing custom files to check speed
What the software uses random file to test your speed. If you want to test it using your files then go to the “FileAccess” menu and choose the file you want to read or write to your drive.
“Read” means to test the speed it takes to open a file while “Write” tests the time it takes to save a file into your drive.