By Dervish / Last Updated May 17, 2022

How can I test the speed of my hard drive?

 

 

I have noticed that my computer runs slow while performing multiple tasks whereas the speed of my sibling remains unaffected during multitasking. Could it be my hard drive? How do I test my hard drive speed?"

- Question from Tech Community

About hard drive speed test - what you should know

Hard Drive Speed

As we all know, hard drive is one of the important hardware of computer. It is a storage device used to store personal data and programs on a computer, including the operating system. The speed of the hard drive directly affects our experience when using a computer.

Since the read and write speed of the hard drive will affect the electronic device performance, it is necessary to perform a hard drive speed test, especially for some Steam, Origin, PS4, and PS5 players. When you are not satisfied with the test results, you need to take some measures to speed up computer or game console.

This article aims to introduce you how do I test my hard drive speed and make it faster on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7.

Tip: RAM is also another important factor that affects computer performance. But because it is more expensive to replace the RAM. So, when the computer is running slow, we usually choose to improve the hard drive speed.

How do I test my hard drive speed?

In this part, I will introduce you two step-by-step methods to test hard drive speed. One is a Windows built-in tool, and the other is a professional disk speed test utility. You can choose one according to your needs.

▶ Method 1. Use Task Manager on Windows 10, 11

If you are looking for a disk speed test on Windows for free, you can try Task Manager. This is the easiest way, but the Task Manager can only provide some basic data.

Step 1. Enter “Task Manager” in the search bar and open it.

Step 2. Once open, browse to the “Performance” option.

Step 3. Select the target disk to test from the list on the left. Then you can see some basic data about that disk, including read and write speed.

Task Manager

Note: If check Disk Performance Information on Task Manager is disabled, you need to enter in CMD: diskperf -Y to enable it.

▶ Method 2. Test hard drive speed with AOMEI Partition Assistant

As you can see, the information you get from Task Manager about the speed of your hard drive is very limited. If you want to know more, you have to seek other ways.

I highly recommend you to use AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. This is an excellent hard drive speed tester with GUI, users can test hard drive speed with a few clicks. It supports testing external hard drive speed, HDD, SSD, etc. And it provides a variety of test results, allowing users to fully understand the hard drive status.

What’s more, Two testing modes are provided for you to choose: Simple Mode and Pro Mode. The former can test the read and write speed of the target hard drive and supports exporting data; the latter can test more comprehensive data, such as the Speed(you can choose the maximum and average speed), Size, Tests Number and Duration(s).

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Step 1. Download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant, then launch it.

Step 2. On the main interface, click "All Tools" and select "Disk Speed Test".

Disk Speed Test

Step 3. In this window, click "Pro Mode".

Pro mode

Step 4. In the new window, you can change various default parameters. After setting all parameters, click "Start". After the test is over, you can click "Export" to export the test results.

Pro Mode Interface

See? This is the whole process of how do I test my hard drive speed. If you just want to test the basic information of the hard drive, Task Manager is enough. If you want to know more, then AOMEI partition Assistant Professional may be the best for you.

Further tips: How to make hard drive run faster

Usually, the main reason for the hard drive running slow is disk fragmentation or not enough space on C drive. But fortunately, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can solve it for you. You can refer to the following steps.

Warning: If you are using an SSD, please do not defrag the SSD, because doing that will reduce the lifespan of the SSD! You can try SSD alignment to boost the speed of SSD.

Solution 1. Disk defrag

Disk defrag is one way to improve Windows performance. Because disk defrag is a continuous rearrangement of discontinuous data on sectors. In this way, when the computer reads the data, the search time is shortened and the speed is accelerated.

Right-click the drive you want to defrag and select Defrag Partition. Then, follow the prompts to perform the following steps.

Defrag Partition

Solution 2. Extend system drive

When the system disk is almost full, it can also make Windows run slow. So, we can extend the space of the system drive or move the installed programs on the C drive to another drive.

Click Extend Partition Wizard on the left side of the interface. Then, follow the operation guide.

All Tools

These two methods can make your hard drive run faster. You can choose one or both according to your needs.