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decryption
11th May 2008, 09:18 PM
Does anyone know of a good way to benchmark external hard drives? I've got a round-up planned but want to know a more scientific way of determining the speed of these drives besides just copying a file to my MacBook Pro's HDD as it's limited by the speed of the laptop HDD.

Any ideas for the type of benchmarks I should be doing?

bennyling
11th May 2008, 09:20 PM
I'm pretty sure Drive Genius does hard drive benchmarking.

I lost my serial some time ago, but I'm pretty sure it did it.

Drive Genius: Software to Maintain, Manage and Optimize your Hard Drive (http://www.prosofteng.com/products/drive_genius.php)

EDIT: not free, though.

leon
11th May 2008, 09:35 PM
1) Xbench disk test.

2) Duplicating a large file, say 1 to 10GB on the external drive into another directory on itself.

3) Drop them off the top of Eureka tower to see which is fastest - Generally it will be the first to hit the ground.

decryption
11th May 2008, 09:37 PM
3) Drop them off the top of Eureka tower to see which is fastest - Generally it will be the first to hit the ground.

Nice idea :D