View Full Version : Good hard drive test program ?

16-07-2014, 08:10 AM
Any recommend me a good hard drive test program.

One that will give me actual data transfer speeds and with no adware etc ?


16-07-2014, 08:18 AM
The question that begs to be asked... is it just for information purposes or do you perceive a problem with the drive?

16-07-2014, 08:34 AM
Its just that I have 3 drives in a new machine I built over the weekend.

A new SSD for my C drive (really fast)
And my old two 4TB drives D and E.

I have just built a new machine and was expecting faster data transfer from D or E.

Last year I also had issues with my sata connectors - I had not pressed them all the way on and the drives still worked but VERY slowly.

So its just for information purposes.

16-07-2014, 09:42 AM
Try the portable (trial) version of HD Sentinel http://www.hdsentinel.com

Speedy Gonzales
16-07-2014, 09:43 AM
Get the program for the hdd. If they're seagate get the program from the seagate site. If they're WD go to the WD site. If the old hdd''s are SATA 2 and the mobo is SATA 3, obviously they'll be slower than SATA 3.

16-07-2014, 10:14 AM
Transferring between drives or to an external device? Modern mechanical hdds generally achieve somewhere in the 60-120 MB/S range using the windows transfer dialog.
They may burst over 200 very briefly at the start sometimes but that's just caching doing it's thing.

I have a seagate 4TB drive in my system I can try and see what it gets if you like. Copying to the SSD should give you the max read speed from the drive but between mechanical drives the limiting factor will be the write speed of the destination drive and externally it'll depend on the interface used. USB 2 for example maxes out in the low 40s.

16-07-2014, 10:50 AM
speed tests

16-07-2014, 06:31 PM
I may be over-reacting.
I'll give it a few more days.

16-07-2014, 10:46 PM
As an experiment I just tried copying a 1.5G file between my 4TB hdd and my SSD and back again. Read from the 4TB averaged 150-160 MB/s, write was a little lower at around 130-140 MB/s.
Better than I was expecting actually :) Tried an 8G folder as well, 130 read, 120 write. Tried the same thing on a WD green 2TB;- 90 read, 90write

I'd say that's about typical for a Seagate 4TB and a WD green 2TB so if yours are in that ballpark you are fine. Remembered my D drive is a hybrid and tried that, it's close to the same as the 4TB but manages over 200 for a while on some files.