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How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

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How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

File transfer speeds can vary greatly from device to device. The same holds true for network file transfers and uploads. One of the best ways to test these speeds on your Mac is to create dummy files with the Terminal.

Let’s say you’ve installed a fast new solid state drive in your computer, and want to see how fast they really are. Or maybe you’ve finally upgraded your entire setup to gigabit ethernet or wireless AC, and you want to know if it performs as well as it promises. Or maybe something is just transferring slower than you think it should, and you want to test its real-world speeds (rather than the theoretical speeds on the box).

A dummy file is simply a fake, empty file of any size. Dummy files have a distinct advantage over real files when testing hard drive or network speeds, because you can instantly create a file of any size. That way, you don’t have to search your computer for equivalently sized files, and after you’re done testing, you can just delete them.

How to Create Dummy Files on macOS

To create a dummy file, open the Terminal. If you don’t have the Terminal pinned to your Dock, you can find it in Applications > Utilities or by conducting a Spotlight search using the keyboard shortcut Command+Space.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

When you open the Terminal, it starts you out in your Home directory. When you create dummy files, it’s a good idea to first change your directory to an easily accessible location, such as the Desktop, so they are automatically created there.

You can see what directories available by running the ls command, but we’re going to use the Desktop for this example. To change directories to the desktop, run:

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

Keep in mind that, whatever directory you choose, its name is case-sensitive—so pay attention to how the directory name is spelled if you choose to cd elsewhere.

Now that you’re in your Desktop directory, you can create dummy files right from that same terminal window. Your command will look like this:

Just replace with a number followed by a size unit. g represent gigabytes, so 4g would give you a 4GB file. You can also use m for megabytes, k for kilobytes, and b for bytes.

Replace filename.ext with any filename you want followed by any extension, whether it’s .dmg, .txt, .pdf, or anything else.

For example, if I wanted to make a 10,000 MB text file named dummyfile, I’d run:

The file will appear on your desktop.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

To check the size of your dummy file, right-click it and select “Get Info”.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

According to the Size, our new dummy file is 10,485,760,000 bytes. If we check this number and convert to megabytes (megabytes = bytes ÷ 1,048,576), it’s exactly 10,000 megabytes.

How to Test Transfer Speeds Using Dummy Files

Once you create a dummy file, you can use it to test transfer speeds, whether it’s using a USB flash drive, sharing a file across your home network, or something else.

In this case, we’re going to test how long it takes to transfer our 10,000 MB file to a USB 2.0 flash drive and to a USB 3.0 flash drive to compare the speeds. (We could test with smaller files, but we really want an idea of the speed disparity, so using a larger file is going to give a more pronounced difference than a smaller file.)

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

The only other thing you’ll need is a stopwatch—the one on your phone should work fine.

With your dummy file on the desktop, click and drag it to the new drive (in our case, our flash drive) and start the stopwatch when you release the mouse button.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

Wait for the file to finish copying onto the device, then tap the “Stop” button on the stopwatch as soon as it does. There’s no need to be super precise, this is just to get a good idea of transfer times, not an exact down-to-the-millisecond number.

Then, repeat the process with the other device (in our case, the other flash drive), and compare the results.

As you can see, our USB 3.0 file transfer (left) is significantly faster than the USB 2.0 transfer (right).

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

If you want to turn these values into or MB/s, just divide the file’s size by the number of seconds in your transfer time. In our case, our USB 3.0 drive can write files at around 41 megabytes per second (10000 MB ÷ 244 seconds). The USB 2.0 drive writes files around 13 megabytes per second (10000 MB ÷ 761 seconds).

This is a simple, non-scientific example, and shouldn’t be mistaken for any kind of official benchmarking. But, it gives you a clear idea of how to test transfer speeds with dummy files.

You can use them to test the difference between your wired Ethernet network connection and wireless Wi-Fi connection, compare cloud services, or get a decent idea of your Internet connection’s practical upload and download performance.

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Ask any techie and chances are they will tell you that hard disk speeds given by manufacturers are often overstated or misleading (e.g. speeds attained under unrealistic scenarios).

In that case, the only sure-fire method to determine your real-world hard disk speed is to put it through a reliable hard drive performance test.

And once you have the benchmark results, we’ll point out what are the numbers to look for and what they mean in plain English.

How to Run a SSD Benchmark or HDD Benchmark

Let’s begin by introducing you to the big names in hard drive speed test software: Atto Disk Benchmark, CrystalDiskMark and HD Tune.

While they are all dependable hard drive benchmark tools, we recommend CrystalDiskMark over the others for the following reasons:

    Works like a charm with almost everything – Hard disk drives, solid state drives, external hard drives, USB flash drives and even memory cards.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

The three simple steps for running a SSD benchmark or HDD benchmark with CrystalDiskMark:

1. Choose the drive that you want to benchmark (outlined in red above)

2. Leave the number of test runs and test size at default values (number of test runs: 5, test size: 1000MB).

3. Click the “All” button at the top left and wait for the benchmark results.

What Your SSD or HDD Benchmark Results Mean

Now that we have our hard drive benchmark results, let’s make sense of the numbers:

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

The numbers that will matter to most people are the ones in the “Seq” and “4K” row (outlined in red above).

Seq is short for sequential (read/write speeds), and 4K refers to random (read/write speeds).

Sequential read/write – measures the speed of your hard drive when it comes to the transfer of large files (e.g. installing programs, copying videos, programs, photo albums or music libraries from one hard drive to another). High sequential read speeds will also shorten the loading time for large programs such as modern computer games and video editing software.

4K random read/write – measures how fast your hard drive is able to access small files that are randomly scattered across it. A hard drive with higher 4K numbers will able to multi-task better, so your operating system will be more responsive and you can run more background programs (e.g. virus shield, firewall, torrents, instant messengers etc) without any major slowdowns.

For an operating system boot drive, 4K random read speeds are the most important, followed by 4K random write speed.

Recently I had to solve a problem of a very slow transfer of files between two computers on a LAN network using Ethernet cable. Both machines had Windows 7 x64 installed and the transfer speed was ridiculously slow at 10-15kb/s. Using Task Manager under Networking tab, Network Utilization was showing only around 0.25% for Local Area Connection.

I looked around the web for solutions and found quite a few suggestions how to tackle this problem. Those that I tried and the one that finally solved my problem are discussed here.

Turning off “Remote Differential Compression”

One of the first suggestions that I came across was to turn off this Windows Feature in Windows 7.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

This suggestion is common on the web but it turns out to be just a myth.

This is 100% false. Neither Windows Update or file copy operations use RDC at all.

So I ignored this suggestion and continued looking.

Disabling “TCP Auto-Tuning”

This is another common suggestion that I came across and it uses NETSH command-line utility used for displaying and modifying the network configuration. To make the necessary changes, we need to run that utility as an Administrator.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator:
    • Click on Start Menu
    • Type Command in search box
    • Command Prompt will show up in results. Right-click on it to open Context Menu
    • Select Run as administrator
    • If User Account Control Window shows up asking if you want to allow the following program to make changes, select Yes
  2. Type: netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=disabled
  3. Restart the computer
  4. To verify that the auto-tuning is still disabled type in Command Prompt:
    netsh interface tcp show global

This suggestion still didn’t solve my problem, so I looked further, but before doing that I wanted to set Auto-tuning back to the default value by typing netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=normal in the Command Prompt (running as an Administrator).

Disabling “Large Send Offload (LSO)”

Large Send Offload / LSO is a technique of improving network performance while at the same time reducing CPU overhead. Apparently it does not work very well, so it was suggested to disable it.

LSO is an option located in a Device Manager under your network adapter, so this solution requires Administrator Privileges.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

Follow these steps:

  1. Open Start Menu, right-click on Computer and select Properties
  2. Under Control Panel Home located on the left side of the window click on Device Manager
  3. You will get a list of all devices on your machine. Expand Network Adapters.
  4. Find your Network Card and double-click on it.
  5. Select Advanced tab. You will get a list filled with different options.
  6. Select Large Send Offload V2 (IPv4) and set the value to Disabled
  7. Do the same for Large Send Offload V2 (IPv6) if it is available
  8. Click OK

After clicking OK, I tried to send a file over the LAN network. The transfer speed started very slow, but it was gradually picking up speed. I decided to restart the computer and try to send that file again and this time it worked like a charm.

Now that sending of files worked as it should, I also checked speed for receiving files. It turned out that it was still slow but all I had to do to fix that was to disable Large Send Offload V2 on the other computer. Once done, the problem was solved for receiving files as well.

Conclusion

In this post we examined different ways to solve slow speed on a LAN network. One of them is just a common myth, but for other two you need to have administrator privileges. I hope you found this article useful. Consider sharing it on a social networks. Comments are also welcome.

If you solved your slow LAN speed problem in a different way, let me know how and I might add that solution to the list.

Network Drive is a virtual storage device that is mapped to your computer that usually located on a server or a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. You can access this mapped network drive using LAN from within a business or home. If you are working in a corporate environment then you may familiar with network share drive, you may have access to the company network drive, to share company-related files. Network Drive is like a hard drive but the data is shared among the LAN Network. In Windows to access any Network Drive first you have to Map a Network drive, mapping a Network Drive means accessing a Particular Shared folder on a network, Sharing folder means that particular folder is accessible by another computer over the network, this can be achieved by FTP protocol.

Sharing can be applied to any folder or drive. If you want to access any files or folders from another computer you can directly enter the network drive location in run command and hit enter. Know more about mapping a network Drive . Accessing Documents and files on a Network Share drive is completely based on network, so if you have a fast connection then you can access or copy the file from the network drive quickly. If you are facing slowness while accessing documents or files on a Network Share drive then this article will guide you to fix slow access to Network drive.

Fix slow access to Network drive:

If you faced any slowness while accessing files and folders from the network shared drive which mapped to your computer in windows 10, apply the below-mentioned solution one by one.

Check the Network Speed:

As I mentioned above the Network drive speed depends on the network speed, if you are having a slow internet connection then you will feel slowness while accessing Network Drive, There are many ways to check the Network speed, most of them use Google for internet speed test. Check your network speed here .

Using Registry Editor:

Note: Modifying the Registry is risky, and it causes irreversible damage to your OS Installation Follow the steps correctly. Friendly advice Before Modifying Registry Creating Restore Point is recommended.

Open Run command by pressing Windows + R and type Regedit and hit enter this will open the registry editor console.

Now Navigate to the following path

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanWorkstation\Parameters

From the left-hand side click on the Parameters registry key, then from the Right-hand side search for DirectoryCacheLifetime DWORD.

If you are not able to find that key then you have to create it, Right-click on the empty area, and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) value. Name the DWORD to DirectoryCacheLifetime.

Double click on DirectoryCacheLifetime and modify the value to 0 and click on OK.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

Restart the PC once to make it effective. If you are still facing Slowness then you have to modify the value for the additional two SMB cache values which is mentioned below.

  • FileInfoCacheLifetime
  • FileNotFoundCacheLifetime

If you are not able to find these DWORDs then you have to create it. Follow the above-mentioned steps to create it and set the Value to Zero 0. Find More about SMB cache Values .

Iomega’s Home Media Network Hard Drive is not DLNA-certified.

Although Iomega says device users can “play back. pictures, videos and music from digital media adapters such as game consoles, digital picture frames or networked TVs,” the HM NHD has a problem playing MP3s on DLNA-compliant Sony Bravia TVs.

DLNA is the Digital Living Network Alliance, a trade and standards organisation that has developed a protocol for digital media file storage and playback devices to send, receive, and play media files in a reliable way. Products can be tested in independent laboratories and certified DLNA-compliant, meaning that they meet DLNA guidelines and should interoperate with other DLNA-compliant products.

Reg reader Alastair Morrison found that his Sony Bravia TV did not properly play MP3 files delivered by his Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive (HM NHD). Both devices are represented by their manufacturers as being able to exchange digital media files, although the Iomega device is not actually said to be DLNA-compliant.

Nevertheless, Iomega says it contains a UPnP AV Media Server “compatible with DLNA-certified media players, able to stream photos, audio content and videos to a variety of media devices like game consoles, audio bridges, DMAs (digital media adapters), picture frames and more.”

The Sony Bravia device Morrison is using is DLNA-certified.

Tory Holmes, a Sony UK spokesperson, said: “We have checked one of the Iomega products with a Sony TV and can confirm that there is a problem when the Iomega device is used with our TV. According to the manufacturer of the product it is ‘compatible’ with DLNA devices such as our TV. However, the Iomega product does not carry the DLNA logo nor is this product listed as being DLNA-compliant on www.dlna.org where all DLNA devices are listed. We have reported this issue to FTVE (Flat TV EUrope) and await their response.”

The HM NHD includes Packet Video software called TwonkyMedia, which is a digital media server and is said to make “finding media and playing it back on compatible home devices as simple as drag and drop.”

PacketVIdeo is a DLNA member, and PacketVIdeo states that the “TwonkyMedia server utilizes the three-box server/control point/renderer model outlined by DLNA guidelines, meaning the software can serve and store files, while also acting as a remote control dictating how media is played. Within the last year, the world’s leading CE (consumer electronics) brands, including HP, LaCie, Fujitsu Siemens, Cisco-Linksys and others, have adopted TwonkyMedia server to be deployed in their products.”

TwonkyMedia 4.4 is listed on the DLNA website in its search and match section and is certified (PDF).

DLNA Corporation president Scott Smyers, said: “DLNA does not certify software at this time, only complete devices.” But, as we have seen, there is a certificate for TwonkyMedia’s media server.

He goes on to say: “The vendors of software are allowed to claim that their software is a DLNA Technology Component if the software has gone through certification testing on a device and the device has been granted DLNA Certification. DLNA Technology Components are not marketed to the consumer but only to industry.”

Concerning devices that use TwonkyMedia and similar software he said: “Vendors of software that adds DLNA functionality to a PC, such as the PacketVideo product, are permitted to make statements about the functioning of their software and are expected to state minimum system requirements for their product to operate properly. The vendor of the device is still responsible for certifying the device that the software is included on and may not say that the device is certified just by including software that has been certified on the software vendor’s device. The device must still go through the extensive testing of the DLNA Certification process.”

This means that when DLNA-certified software such as TwonkyMedia 4.4 is used in a media storage device such as Iomega’s HM NHD that device does not inherit DLNA certification and cannot be regarded as being effectively DLNA-compliant. In fact, it is not. The DLNA will not get involved if the device fails to inter-operate with DLNA-certified products, even though it contains a DLNA-certified media server software component.

It is Iomega’s responsibility to test the DLNA-compliance of the device, and in this case, it has not. Reg reader Alastair Morrison is still suffering the problem reported here nine days ago, because Iomega has failed to ensure that its Home Media Network Hard Drive is DLNA-compliant.

Morrison is getting active involvement from Iomega, saying that the firm recently “sent me an IX2 StorCenter to try, received it today, doesn’t work either.”

Two thoughts. Firstly, it is a pity that Iomega did not test its HM NHD product for DLNA-compliance before shipping it. Secondly, how many of the other TwonkyMedia-using CE manufacturers have tested their products with that media server software inside for DLNA-compliance?

Neither Cisco nor Cisco-Linksys are listed as DLNA members. HP is listed as a DLNA member. Fujitsu is, but Fujitsu Siemens is not. LaCie is not listed as a DLNA member either.

It’s best to assume that if a product is not described and listed as DLNA certified, then it is not. It may well work with DLNA-compliant devices, but it may not. And then you will find that it can be an involved struggle to get the issue resolved – as Morrison is still experiencing. ®

So think ive narrowed it down to a popcorn a200 as my new media streamer. Im actually hoping to have a few of these around the house to stream videos and music to the various systems from an external Nas box.

Question is about the menu system:

Ive seen from various set ups on this site that quite a few people’s menu looks different.

Is it a situation that it comes with a basic menu that isnt the best and you can use or download another program that looks neater etc.

This is one area I dont know about so would be great to get some feedback.
Thanks

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  • Apr 24, 2010
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Without anything else installed you will simply see options to go into network, internal drive and USB drives. Inside these you will see files or folders which you select to play videos.

If you want cover art, film details etc then you would need to install YAMJ which gives you these features and skins to give you a layout that you want.

Dr-Smoke

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You will need YAMJ installing on a PC. YAMJ can be downloaded here:

You will need the latest java runtime (JRE)

If you have a 64 bit windows then you need to install both the 32 and 64 bit JREs

Then you need mediainfo:

You MUST get the CLI version, not the GUI.

After that is installed you use it to create a Jukebox (basically a folder of HTML and coverart) which you copy to your PCH or network hard drive. YAMJ can create the jukebox directly on your popcorn if you want. There are plenty of guides (one is on this forum, search for YAMJ).

Your PC does NOT need to be on for the jukebox to work, you only need your PC to create it.

Broadsword

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  • Apr 26, 2010
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YAMJ can be complicated at first, I used this guide to get it installed.

Its great when it finally works and you see all the poster art come up for the first time. You don’t need the winbolic stuff if you have a NAS so you can skip that whole section.

Just make sure you download the most upto date files and not the ones posted in the guide as they may be out of date. Use the links above as posted by Rom but the guide is a good one.

dwhite

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  • Apr 26, 2010
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That guide is out of date now and is written for a very specific setup (multiple hard discs in a PC). It also overemphasizes the use of NFO’s making them seem a requirement rather than a nicety.

Its one of the reasons I wrote my own guide, which is much more generic and should hopefully help people get setup for most configurations.

Broadsword

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  • Apr 26, 2010
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That guide is out of date now and is written for a very specific setup (multiple hard discs in a PC). It also overemphasizes the use of NFO’s making them seem a requirement rather than a nicety.

Its one of the reasons I wrote my own guide, which is much more generic and should hopefully help people get setup for most configurations.

Maybe some screengrabs would be an idea though. I know I used them when I installed for the first time.

The guide above will still work though, just make sure you get the up to date downloads and you can ignore the whole symbolic bit if you have a NAS. The nfo bit in it is just one alternative as is explained so not sure where the confusion comes from.

dwhite

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dwhite

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DigitalSoul

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  • Apr 28, 2010
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If you want to use a better tool than YAMJ – refer UMC

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  • Apr 28, 2010
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If you want to use a better tool than YAMJ – refer UMC

Better is a matter of opinion. Have they fixed the problem where it could not play any ISOs? Was a deal breaker for me when I was considering trying it. As it uses the RobG flash I will wait to compare it to the built in RobG flash UI when Syabas eventually release it.

Until then, YAMJ & the Unique Black Glas skin suits me fine

Iron Man 2

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Iron Man 2

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deckingman

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Dr-Smoke

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Dr-Smoke

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You can stream music no problem, just like films. Just there is no real jukebox function built in.

As to Iron Man’s ‘you can’t start it automatically’, untrue. YAMJ is only starting automatically as you have the index.htm in the root of your folder which the PC will execute automatically. You can get a tool that sets up a main menu to allow you to pick things such as movies, music etc and launch that ‘jukebox’.

deckingman

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Iron Man 2

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  • May 1, 2010
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You can stream music no problem, just like films. Just there is no real jukebox function built in.

As to Iron Man’s ‘you can’t start it automatically’, untrue. YAMJ is only starting automatically as you have the index.htm in the root of your folder which the PC will execute automatically. You can get a tool that sets up a main menu to allow you to pick things such as movies, music etc and launch that ‘jukebox’.

If you read my post properly Rom I said “If you can start it automatically. ” not “you cant”.

My point is that the PCH is not user friendly. I can set up an amp, a sub, or calibrate a display with my eyes closed but I’m not up to speed with setting up networks etc. (or should I say I was) and I would say the majority of people arent either. I have the A200 about 4 weeks, spent a few hundred hours trying to get network shares, windows 7, yamj etc and only watched a few movies. Ive learnt so much but at the end of the day the purpose was to buy the bloody thing, plug it in, crack a beer open and enjoy.

If you know of a front end which allows you to just press “movies” to watch a flick or “music” to listen to a tune Im all ears.

One of the most important hardware components inside your computer is obviously the drive that holds the operating system. If you have Windows installed on a slow hard drive, it doesn’t matter how powerful the other components like CPU and memory are, the system will boot slower, load programs more slowly, and lag quite badly while multitasking.

This is a reason why high performance hard drives and especially SSD’s are so popular these days. It’s because upgrading just that one part can breath new life into a computer and make it feel a lot more snappy to use. The actual hard disk or SSD performance under Windows is determined by several factors so how do you know if your drive is performing well, needs tweaking or is even holding the system back?

Thankfully, the internet is full of websites to show you how well nearly every drive around can perform. Also, loads of programs are available that can give your hardware a performance test to see how well it’s doing. There are many paid suites around like PCMark or Passmark that can test the whole system, but here we list for you 10 free tools that are specifically designed for testing the performance of hard drives and SSD drives.

All tools were tested on Windows 10 64-bit and are also compatible with Windows 7 and 8.

1. CrystalDiskMark

This is a very popular storage benchmarking tool because it’s versatile and can produce good results for just about everything from USB drives, to memory cards, RAMDisks, SSD drives and mechanical hard drives. CrystalDiskMark is very easy to operate too, just set the test size between 50MB and 4GB, the drive to test and the number of passes to run. More passes obviously should produce more accurate results.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

Then click All to run a full test or any individual colored buttons below to run single tests. A useful extra option for SSD drives is whether to fill the test data randomly or with 0’s or 1’s. This will affect the results on drives with hardware compression such as those with Sandforce controllers. Portable, installer and custom skin versions are available.

2. ATTO Disk Benchmark

ATTO Disk Benchmark is a popular portable tool used by many hardware review websites and is also recommended by manufacturers such as Corsair to run speed tests on SSD drives. All the tests are sequential and are taken for read and write operations using block sizes of 512 bytes up to 64MB. A test file length of between 64KB and 32GB is also available, both are selectable from drop down menus.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

Leaving Direct I/O enabled will rule out odd results due to any system caching. An I/O size of over a couple of Megabytes will produce virtually the same scores so probably isn’t needed for many users. Results can be saved out and loaded again at a later time. A look around the internet will likely find someone else who has posted ATTO results for similar hardware to your own.

Download ATTO Disk Benchmark (via Softpedia, the official site requires filling a form)

3. AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD looks a bit like CrystalDiskMark and is designed primarily to benchmark SSD drives. It is another popular tool being used by hardware sites such as AnandTech’s SSD benchmark charts (which also includes ATTO) to show their results. The program uses incompressible data so some SSD’s will show much lower scores than usual if they compress their data.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

Sequential and 4KB read and write scores will be shown along with access times and a final general overall score. The results can be changed to IOPS if you prefer from the View menu. A couple of useful additional benchmarks are available in the Tools menu like a Copy benchmark which simulates copying an ISO, game and a program, and also a read/write compression benchmark. AS SSD is also completely portable.

Download AS SSD Benchmark (website is in German, download link at bottom)

4. Anvil’s Storage Utilities

For an SSD or hard drive benchmark and test utility that really puts drives through their paces, they don’t come much more comprehensive than Anvil’s Storage Utilities. While being able to perform a complete read and write test using sequential and random operations, it displays a full set of results including response time, speed in MB/s and also IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second).

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

A total combined read/write score is shown in the yellow box. Also included are 3 extra IOPS tests, an endurance testing function and the ability in the settings to alter the amount of compression to use on the test file. More functions like a system information tab and a screenshot saver round off an impressive tool. Anvil’s Storage Utilities doesn’t seem to be developed anymore and the last version is from 2014.

5. HD Tune

HD Tune is probably the most well known hard disc drive benchmarking and diagnostic utility and will likely be in every tech users USB toolkit. The free version 2.55 is getting old now having not been updated since 2008 and might have minor issues with some of the latest hard drive models. Some functions like error checking and benchmarking should still work fine.

How to test your network or hard drive speeds with a dummy file in windows

After a test, the benchmark result graph will show the minimum, maximum and average read speed along with the average access time in milliseconds and the burst rate. The block size can be changed in the options from 512 bytes up to 8MB and a slider can move between faster less accurate or slower more accurate test speeds.

Product Description
The Iomega Super DVD Writer 16X Dual Format USB 2.0 external drive is the only drive you need to save and share your videos, photos, music and data. Now, transferring home videos, photos, music and other files from the computer to the living room DVD player becomes virtually effortless. Plus, with its Double Layer (DL) technology, you can double your DVD capacity up to 8.5GB on a dual layer, single-sided DVD+R disc.Not only will the Iomega Super DVD Writer Dual Format USB 2.0 external drive save you time with its faster writing speeds, but it will also save more data than ever before. With its Double Layer (DL) technology you can save up to 161 hours of music, 12 hours and 45 minutes of digital video, or 34, 000 photos. The Iomega Super DVD Writer will also save you from the frustration of typical DVD/CD burning by providing you Iomega HotBurn Pro software for easy CD burning, Sonic MyDVD and Cineplayer for video editing, authoring and playback, and Iomega Automatic Backup for hassle free back-ups. The DVD Wizard quickly and easily walks you through the entire process and eliminates any guesswork. DVD burning has never been more fun.

Customer Reviews

This is a reliable device for data backup and portability.
Date: 2007-09-13 | Rating: 5
This Iomega Super DVD External Drive we are using for business data backup and portability. We have customers with different production environments ranging Windows XP SP-2 to Windows 2000. To support production we have few test machines setup according to production environment. Using this single Iomega Super DVD External Drive we don’t need internal drivers for each machine. It is also very convenient to bring data at home. After you finish your job at home you can easily bring it back to work. So far the unit is working fine no problems. We are not using this unit very extensive just few times a week. Potentially we are planing saving money on computer orders without internal drivers.

GREAT BURNER, FAST & EASY
Date: 2007-11-12 | Rating: 5
I USED THIS PRODUCT ON MY LAPTOP, EASY PLUG AND PLAY, BURNER IS RELIABLE AND EASY TO USE ON ANY PC, PEOPLE THAT COMPPLAIN ABOUT IT MAYBE ARE NOT USING THE RIGHT SOFTWARE AND RIGHT DVDS, I HAVE TRIED ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT MEDIA DVDS AND SOME OF THEM ARE CHEAPLY MADE & WILL HAVE GLITCHES, THIS BURNER WORKS LIKE A CHARM

Great dvd Burner
Date: 2006-07-09 | Rating: 5
I am not sure why the other review is so bad, but let me tell you, this is one awesome dvd drive. I have not had one bad disk made with this unit. If you are trying to copy a copy protected DVD, it is your software causing you the problems, not the DVD unit. This unit is perfect.

For the most part, it does what it should.
Date: 2007-08-01 | Rating: 4
I used this burner with Roxio Toast software and was happy with the results. In order to minimize “coasters” I would burn the disc to an image file on the computer first, and then burn discs from the image file. Internal drives are always better because the data isn’t going through a connection like USB, but for an external DVD solution this drive from Iomega is reliable.

Life Expectancy Too Short
Date: 2007-03-10 | Rating: 3
I would have gone with a five-star review, if I had experienced a decent survivability rate. It did a great job burning DVDs and CDs, but I would get quite a few errors on some DVD burn attempts that would coaster the blank DVD. I used Roxio Media Creator Version 7+ with decent results. My DVD player in my living room was sometimes finicky when I fed it DVDs burned on this player. Then, came the fateful day when it went Tango Uniform on me after only six months of service. This would have been a five instead of a three, but hit/miss scenario with the DVD burn attempts, and the early Last Rites ritual pulled this rating down to a three. As for the one star rating in this series of reviews, all I can say is that there is a different configuration for each individual computer that rolls off an assembly shelf, so it is striclty hit or miss, and I don’t think that a DVD burner carries all the responsibility for poor performance. Go ahead and get one, but if possible, but dedicate the PC it is used on strictly to burning DVDs. Also, do whatever it takes to keep the hardware and the hard drive(s) fast.

Is WD’s new home NAS the right device to store and backup all your content?

By Dan Grabham 12 October 2013

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  • Decent price
  • Top feature set
  • Remote access
  • DLNA and UPnP
  • Works well for backup
  • Wonderfully quiet

Against

  • Mobile apps can only selectively stream
  • PC and Mac apps a little slow
  • Setup needs more work
  • Introduction
  • Installation and Performance
  • Verdict

The name of WD’s new Network Attached Storage (NAS) unit is an attempt to tap into the new-found consumer enthusiasm about cloud computing or, in other words, storing stuff online.

But instead of storing your files on the internet, WD’s MyCloud is a local networked repository for all your content so you can access it from your Mac (ideal for those of us that have a low capacity flash drive in our laptops) as well as your iPad, iPhone or Android device using free WD MyCloud apps.

So by buying a device such this, you can legitimately store all your music, photos, videos and files on the device so you can access them from any Mac or PC. The mobile landscape is a little more complex, since the MyCloud iOS, Andoid and Windows Phone apps only support native formats on the device.

So while you won’t have a problem playing an .mp3 file, you will have a problem playing that video file you downloaded. MyCloud is a UPnP and DLNA compable media device, so it can also be accessed from numerous other devices such as an internet-connected TV.

The MyCloud does also have its own iTunes Server, however, so you can easily browse and play back on iTunes for Mac and PC (though, and we’ve never understood this, not on iOS devices without a third party app).

MyCloud is the next step on from WD’s MyBook Live line-up and, as such, backup is also part of the deal – MyCloud is fully Time Machine compatible for Mac, while there is also a backup product called SmartWare available for Windows. Or you could use Windows Backup if you preferred, of course.

MyCloud is available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB capacities, though we’re looking at the entry level 2TB version here. WD is certainly offering plenty of space.

On pure price it doesn’t compare favourably with a standard external hard drive because of the multitude of extra features on offer. But it’s an awful lot cheaper than Apple’s £249 AirPort Time Capsule, for example.

MyCloud is based on Western Digital’s WD Red hard drives specifically designed for regular NAS use and features a new dual-core processor. It’s NTFS formatted and is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP3); Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard.

As MyCloud is a single drive NAS solution, there are legitimate concerns over data security. If you’re just using the box as a backup for your PC or Mac, then that’s one thing. But if you’re using it as the main repository for your content then it itself needs to be backed up. WD’s answer to this is a Safepoint feature within the browser-based configuration display.

This means you can back up the contents of the NAS to an external hard drive connected via the USB 3.0 port. You’re essentially creating a restore point for your MyCloud.

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Dan (Twitter, Google+) is TechRadar’s Former Deputy Editor and is now in charge at our sister site T3.com. Covering all things computing, internet and mobile he’s a seasoned regular at major tech shows such as CES, IFA and Mobile World Congress. Dan has also been a tech expert for many outlets including BBC Radio 4, 5Live and the World Service, The Sun and ITV News.

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