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Compare Read/Write Speed of Two Different USB Flash Drives

Want to compare read/write speed of two different USB flash drives? Depending on its make and model, its read/write speed varies. By knowing read/write speed of a USB flash drive, you will get an idea how much time it would take to complete a file transfer between your PC and USB flash drive. Here is a very simple benchmarking tool called HD Speed to measure data transfer rates (sustained/ burst) of USB drives, hard disks, Flash drives, and more.


HD Speed is a very simple to use, standalone application. It’s free and lightweight and can be used to benchmark your hard disks, optical disks, USB disks and more. Here is how to use HD Speed to measure speed (read/write speed) of a USB flash drive.

Connect your USB flash drive to PC and run HD Speed. Select your drive from the drop-down list-box (If it is not in the list, click on armor icon next to it and HD Speed would start with elevated privileges.)

Then choose a test mode (read, write, read + write or read + write + verify) from the drop down list at the bottom-left. Click on the Start button to begin the test. The test would take several minutes to complete depending on the size of your disk.


The real-time test result will be displayed on the graph. You can compare speed of two USB flash drives by testing them one after another.

 HD Speed can be downloaded from developer’s web site here.

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