Disk Speed Test
Determining the speed of a hard-disk is more like a job addressed to beginners, but Disk Speed Test promises to make everything a lot easier even for beginners.
Especially designed to serve the purpose of measuring the speed of your drives, Disk Speed Test relies on what can very well be considered a minimal interface, with all features grouped right in the main window.
There’s not much to configure after launching the program for the first time, but you’re still allowed to choose the temporary file name that’s supposed to store all information, the file and the buffer size.
The test usually takes less than a minute, depending on your settings of course, but keep in mind that it’s recommended to avoid working on the system during this period.
Disk Speed Test shows writing information, including time, speed and the number of blocks, in a dedicated panel in the main window, with a special option to draw a graph and let you analyze the performance of the selected drive.
Just as expected, the program stresses up the system a little bit, but it works flawlessly on all Windows versions, including Windows 7, without requiring administrator privileges.
All things considered, Disk Speed Test is indeed an easy to use disk benchmark utility, but it doesn’t provide as many options as other advanced solutions on the market. It does rely on a straightforward approach, but it doesn’t even sport a help manual, which is actually one of the most important things when talking about such an app.