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Old 06-18-2008, 09:14 AM   #1
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Speed Test utility to test USB Key / SD card performance?

Is there a utility to test the Read/Write performance of removable storage?

Something similar to the HDD ones such as HD Tach.

Tried looking in google, couldnt find anything.
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:51 AM   #2
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Re: Speed Test utility to test USB Key / SD card performance?

Try:

USB.org - Tools

or

USB Testing Software: USBTester

Hope this helps!
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:11 AM   #3
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Re: Speed Test utility to test USB Key / SD card performance?

HD Tune will do that. I have used it via firewire, and I assume it would work similarly via usb. I would think many of the other standard hd speed utilities would be able to also. They will see the drive through Windows, just as they would see an internal drive.

The differences are that SMART information will not be visible, and of course the measured speed will be reduced or limited by the interface's data rate. But that is presumably what you want to measure, rather than the potential speed of the physical drive itself that cannot be realized through the external interface.

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Edit: When I wrote the above I hadn't seen your subject line indicating that you were referring to solid state external storage (as opposed to usb or firewire hard drives). But I just tried HD Tune to benchmark a memory stick and an SD card, and it worked fine.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:15 PM   #4
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Re: Speed Test utility to test USB Key / SD card performance?

Ok thanks for that, I'll try HD Tach since I would like to test the speed of an SD card at this point.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:22 PM   #5
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Re: Speed Test utility to test USB Key / SD card performance?

You're welcome! Note though that I was referring to HD Tune, which is not the same as HD Tach. If HD Tach doesn't work for you, try HD Tune which is available here:

HD Tune

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Old 06-19-2008, 01:04 AM   #6
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Re: Speed Test utility to test USB Key / SD card performance?

Didnt realise that lol. Thanks again.
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:29 AM   #7
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Re: Speed Test utility to test USB Key / SD card performance?

I used a neat utility called Crystal Disk Mark to test the speed.

My SD card is officially the slowest in the world lol
Included the results of a 750GB perpendicular WD HDD for an unfair comparison

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Old 08-10-2008, 04:42 AM   #8
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Re: Speed Test utility to test USB Key / SD card performance?

Sony 2GB SDCard
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CrystalDiskMark 1.0 (C) 2007 hiyohiyo

Sequential Read : 2.831 MB/s
Sequential Write : 3.061 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 2.826 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 0.526 MB/s
Random Read 4KB : 2.390 MB/s
Random Write 4KB : 0.025 MB/s

Date : 2008/08/10 9:51:58

My laptop HDD 5400rpm, ATA, 80GB, NTFS
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CrystalDiskMark 1.0 (C) 2007 hiyohiyo


Sequential Read : 27.707 MB/s
Sequential Write : 23.504 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 19.439 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 11.592 MB/s
Random Read 4KB : 0.600 MB/s
Random Write 4KB : 1.215 MB/s

Date : 2008/08/10 9:57:16

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Old 12-04-2009, 09:59 AM   #9
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Re: Speed Test utility to test USB Key / SD card performance?

hello. i found this thread googling for a way to speed test my micro SD card.

thank you so much for the CystalDIskMark program. it is awesome

for reference:

RiData 16GB Class 6 Micro SD card from newegg ($49)

Fat32 format used on a multi memory card reader (USB)

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CrystalDiskMark 2.2 (C) 2007-2008 hiyohiyo
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Sequential Read : 19.701 MB/s
Sequential Write : 6.655 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 19.475 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 1.088 MB/s
Random Read 4KB : 3.464 MB/s
Random Write 4KB : 0.033 MB/s

Test Size : 5 x 100 MB
Date : 2009/12/04 9:58:38

also:

Sequential Read : 19.715 MB/s
Sequential Write : 6.868 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 19.352 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 0.957 MB/s
Random Read 4KB : 3.415 MB/s
Random Write 4KB : 0.053 MB/s

Test Size : 2 x 1000 MB
Date : 2009/12/04 10:15:31

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Old 12-04-2009, 07:32 PM   #10
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Re: Speed Test utility to test USB Key / SD card performance?

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All tested on my Dell Laptop's built in memory stick reader (1000MB, 1 Run through, Crystal Disk Mark v3.0.1)

A-Data
8GB Class 10

Sequential Write: 18.65
Sequential Read: 18.43
4K Random Write: 0.009
4K Random Read: 2.917

A-Data
8GB Class 4

Sequential Write: 4.8
Sequential Read: 19.49
4K Random Write: 1.271
4K Random Read: 3.161

Sandisk
8GB Class 4

Sequential Write: 5.566
Sequential Read: 10.17
4K Random Write: 0.930
4K Random Read: 2.353

Samsung
8GB Class 2


Sequential Write: 5.603
Sequential Read: 14.43
4K Random Write: 0.021
4K Random Read: 2.345

Top Ram
8GB Class 6

Sequential Write: 13.20
Sequential Read: 19.32
4K Random Write: 0.006
4K Random Read: 3.30

OK, guys, I hope this helps in picking a flash card. Personally, the Top Ram class 6 and A-Data class 4 look like winners.

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