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Best Free SSD & Hard Drive Benchmark & Speed Test Software For Mac

by on April 20, 2013
 

Are you looking to benchmark your Mac’s internal hard disk? How about running a speed test on your new external hard drive or flash drive? Don’t worry, there is a piece of free Mac software out there that is able to do just that without requiring you to spend a penny.

The software is called the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test and it can be found within the Mac App Store. This useful utility is developed by the people over at Blackmagic Design with the intention of determining whether or not your current disk will perform well enough to work with high quality video. Personally, I use it for all my hard drive and flash drive reviews as I’ve found it to be an effective resource for speed testing and benchmarking purposes.

Here are some sample tests I’ve done using the Blackmagic software:

15″ Retina Macbook Pro (2012) 256 SSD – Disk Speed Test

Best Free SSD & Hard Drive Benchmark & Speed Test Software For Mac

27″ iMac (2012) 1TB HD at 7200 RPM – Disk Speed Tes

Best Free SSD & Hard Drive Benchmark & Speed Test Software For MacNow go ahead and run your desired hard disk through the speed test software! Did you find the results were mediocre? Consider upgrading to a solid state drive as they are now more affordable than ever.

Feel free to leave your own disk speed results in the comments below! The real question is can anyone beat my Retina’s 256 SSD speeds?

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  • Gijs
    July 11, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Hi,

    I got Disk speed tests up to 2600+ write and 2600+ read…

    Interrested to know how… write me an email: (email removed for privacy reasons)

    I'll send you the screen image.

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    • July 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

      That is impressive! I'd be interested to know which SSD drive your system is using.

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      • Gijs
        July 13, 2013 at 11:48 pm

        Hi

        I'm using one Agility 3 480Gb SSD, and next week I'll install a second one, but the Agility doesn't come near the speeds I was talking about…

        :) But i wasn't kidding I got the measurements by using my extra RAM (I have 16 Gb installed, of which 6.5 Gb is dedicated as an extra Drive for temporary files) This Virtual Drive accomplishes enormous speeds…

        That was the trick.

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        • Alex
          July 19, 2014 at 5:45 pm

          Hi, I’m a little late to this topic and article, but what temporary folder did you move to your Virtual Drive? I hope I can get an answer.. :P

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  • rclark07m
    November 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

    When did you purchase your 2012 MBP Retina with 256gb storage? I’m just curious because I have the same model and get up to 410mb/a writes and 450mb/sec reads with the same testing app. Mine was manufactured in August 2012.

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