Thursday 22 December 2022

6 free programs to measure the speed of your SSD


SSDs have largely sidelined classic hard drives. Their falling price, high speed, small size, minimal weight and lack of mechanical parts are the main reasons. 

The speed of an SSD is the most important reason to buy it, since just by changing a standard hard disk with an SSD the speed difference you will notice is simply chaotic. In the market, more models now appear, with low prices, high speed, and large capacities. 

Usually the manufacturer accompanies each SSD disk with the appropriate control software through which we can derive a lot of information about it. However, today we're going to focus on speed, introducing you to 5 independent freeware programs that cover all manufacturers.

ACT Disk Benchmark


Measure performance on hard drives, SSDs, HBAs, RAID adapters, and storage controllers. As a leading provider of high-performance storage network connectivity products, ATTO has developed a widely accepted free Benchmark software to measure storage system performance. 

As one of the leading professional tools Disk Benchmark measures the performance of hard drives, SSDs, RAID arrays as well as host connection with attached storage. Leading drive manufacturers such as Hitachi build and test each drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark. The ATTO Disk benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. To download the application you must register and the link will be sent to your e-mail.

Crystal disk Mark


Free application that tests hard drives or SSDs and highlights their true performance. Select the hard drive or SSD you want to test, press the -All- button and wait for the test to finish. Gradually you will see in the application panel the performance of your disk per test. No installation required.



Userbenchmark is an online service that has an easy-to-use benchmarking tool that can determine if your computer is running slow and why. You may have an outdated computer struggling to keep up with modern applications, or its performance may be hampered for some reason. Userbenchmark can help you not only identify the most likely problem, but also enable you to control the speed of your processor, hard drive, graphics card, memory, SSD, and USB flash drive. The test will take a few minutes to run depending on your computer hardware and then once completed will show you the results on a page that will automatically open on Userbenchmark.com.



Measure read and write speeds on SSDs, CD-ROMs, USB devices and network servers in Kilobyte, Megabyte or even Gigabyte per second and compare their capabilities with others. Here you will find a huge database that will help you see the capabilities of your device in relation to others.

AS SSD benchmark


SSDs have entered our digital lives for good and are slowly displacing the classic slow mechanical drives we've been using for years. The main advantages of SSDs are the absence of mechanical parts and of course the high read and write speeds compared to classic mechanical hard disks. To examine their speed we can use several applications, one of them is AS SSD Benchmark. It's a simple little portable app that doesn't need to be installed. 

Just download the file, unzip it and run the AS SSD Benchmark executable from the application folder. The application will automatically recognize the disks we have on the computer and from there, it is enough to select the one we are interested in, press START and wait a while for the results.

CrystalDiskMark Shizuku Edition


Hard disks are gradually giving way to solid state disks (Solid State Drives), which are evolving at a rapid pace mainly due to their low current consumption (due to the lack of an electric motor) and their relatively cheap production costs. Their prices are very affordable and their next advantage is the very high data transfer speeds compared to classic hard disks. For speed measurement we can find several good applications including CrystalDiskMark Shizuku Edition one of the most popular HD and SSD benchmarking tools. It's an open source tool, available for free, and considered one of the best drive benchmarking software options. Like CrystalDiskMark, it is designed with SSD devices in mind, supporting NVMe connections in addition to the usual PATA and SATA..
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