DiskBench is a freeware tool that can benchmark your hard drive


Artificial benchmarks are by no means a great way to find out how properly your pc (or a element) is performing. All they do is run a collection of preset assessments, and inform you how the system carried out in these.

However actually, what do these numbers imply anyway? The upper the quantity the higher it’s normally, however the outcomes aren’t precisely straightforward for many customers to know. Use such instruments to investigate if all the things is working as meant. So long as your system is performing high-quality, don’t fret concerning the outcomes if they’re decrease than what you had been anticipating.

Tip: take a look at different disk-based benchmarks similar to Parkdale, AS SSD Benchmark, or Examine Flash.

DiskBench avoids the artificial strategy totally, and as an alternative makes use of real-word utilization for its assessments. In a nutshell, it means that you can choose a file or folder, and copies it the place you need it to. This system benchmarks the copying course of and tells you ways your drive fared.

DiskBench is transportable, and the executable is about 370KB. The appliance has a tabbed interface. The menu bar on the prime may be ignored.

Let’s begin with the Copy File tab. Use the “Supply file” to choose the file you wish to use for the take a look at. Set the “Vacation spot File” path, i.e. the place the file will probably be copied to. It’s possible you’ll select the identical drive because the supply and vacation spot, although the outcomes for this are normally significantly larger than if you happen to chosen a distinct drive for the vacation spot or the supply.

The file dimension issues as properly, particularly if you happen to’re utilizing a SSD. So, it could be a good suggestion to make use of a big file for the benchmark, in all probability a couple of GBs in dimension. The choice that’s labeled “Kill Vacation spot File” will delete the duplicate after the benchmark has been accomplished, so it does not expend your space for storing. Then again, if you wish to take a backup of the information, uncheck the “Kill” choice, so it stays within the vacation spot folder. This manner, you get to backup your information, and benchmark your drive on the similar time.

It’s possible you’ll wish to shut all packages which can be working within the background earlier than working the assessments for greatest outcomes. I did not have the browser working in the course of the assessments, however had a few light-weight packages open, as I wished to see DiskBench’s useful resource utilization, and whether or not it had an affect whereas multi-tasking. It is pretty lightweight, kind of like how File Explorer would act when copying information backward and forward.

Click on on the “Begin Bench” button to start the method. The pane on the backside of DiskBench’s interface shows the log of the duty. Discuss with it to view the supply and vacation spot path, the dimensions of the chosen file, the time taken for the file to be copied, and the switch price (copying velocity).

This is the primary end result, I used a 7MB executable for the take a look at.

The method was accomplished too quick. So, here is a end result from one other take a look at the place I moved a 1.34GB video from my SSD to my exterior drive. This take a look at took fairly some time to be accomplished, nevertheless it gave me a extra correct concept of the write speeds of the drive.

DiskBench example 3 with a movie file

I wished to match the end result with Explorer’s copying device. So here is a snapshot of that. It is pretty near what DiskBench reported.

DiskBench example with Explorer

Transferring on to the following tab, Copy Listing. That is mainly the identical because the earlier choice, besides DiskBench will copy a whole folder. I used a sport folder, because it contained a whole lot of information (over 17,000) and that might have an effect on the writing velocity.

DiskBench copy folder

Word: This system doesn’t delete the duplicate folder that was created in the course of the take a look at. You may must do it manually.

I repeated the take a look at with the identical folder a number of occasions and obtained completely different speeds each time. This is a type of outcomes which confirmed the method took over three and a half minutes to finish.

Once I copied the identical folder utilizing Explorer, i seen that the velocity was rising and falling. DiskBench’s end result in all probability reveals the typical velocity taken to finish the copying course of, which might clarify why it was slower than what Explorer reported. It could have been good if it confirmed a progress bar of the file copy course of, together with the learn/write speeds.

The Create File tab in DiskBench makes use of an algorithm to create a customized file within the location of your alternative. You’ll be able to allow the “create two information” choice to put in writing 2 information on the similar time. The method has a few customization choices; set the Block dimension (in KB, MB, GB) and the Variety of Blocks.

The default setting ends the method too rapidly. So you might wish to customise the block dimension. The resultant file dimension is displayed on the display screen, so use it to set the block dimension accordingly. Do not select a quantity that is too giant or it can take endlessly for the take a look at to be accomplished.

DiskBench has a Learn File benchmark that means that you can choose as much as 2 information to be learn. It has an choice to set a customized worth for the variety of blocks the file needs to be learn (in MB).

DiskBench Read File

Create File Batch is just like the method that Create File makes use of, besides the previous creates many information. Customise the settings as required and hit Begin Bench. This system shows the file dimension, time taken to put in writing the file, and the velocity at which it was finished for every file.

DiskBench Create File Batch

DiskBench additionally helps command line arguments, yow will discover the record of instructions on the official web site.

For my part, DiskBench was fairly near the precise speeds reported by explorer. The outcomes that it provides are fairly straightforward to know.

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