Test Hard Drive Speed, How to

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  • Level: Beginner
  • Presenter: Eli the Computer Guy
  • Date Created: July 12, 2013
  • Length of Class:  19:26
  • Research Assistance:



  • None

Purpose of Class

  •   This class teaches students how to test the speed of their hard drive

Class Notes

  • Hard Drives are usually the bottleneck on PC’s and Servers, but most technicians do not consider upgrading them in relation to speed.
  • Even brand new computers can come with relatively slow hard drives.
  • Sequential Read/ Write speed means the speed in relation to single files
  • Random Read/ Write Speed means the speed in relation to numerous files
  • IOPS is the amount of Input/ Output Operations per Second. This means the individual transactions that the hard drive can handle. This is generally important for the preformance of databases.
  • Parkdale speed test is an easy to use/ easy to understand test, but there are numerous other ones to choose from.



Lab Setup Used in Demonstration

  • The ETCG Host Computer Specs are:
    • ASUS Model: CM6870US01
    • 16 GB of RAM
    • 120 GB Intel 330 Series SSD Hard Drive
    • 1 TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
    • i7 3.4 GHz Intel Processor

Study Guide




Eli the Computer Guy

Eli the Computer Guy has 16 years experience in technology being the guy to fix "it". From the Army, to building out new satellite offices for the enterprise, to running his own shop with 9 full time employees Eli has real world experience with almost all systems that technicians will be working with. Eli has 1600 hours of formal technical beyond his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice on technologies ranging from Avaya PBX/ Audix to Microsoft, Red Hat Linux, MySQL, Cisco and much more.

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