It can sometimes be important to monitor the performance of a hard drive.Depending on how you are using your computer, you may want to monitor the hard drive to assess how it performs on the system, when you want to make sure that it is not going to die soon, or if you want to find out why it is not performing as well as advertised.
Another reason that comes to mind is to run a performance test to find out how fast the drive is in regards to read and write speeds. This can be useful when the drive is new, as you get a baseline that you can compare to later runs.
Physical Disk Speed Monitor is a lightweight portable software for Windows that can do just that. All it takes to monitor a hard drive in real-time is to select its drive letter from the list of connected drives.
The application starts the monitoring right away once you hit the start button and displays the read and write speeds of the selected drive in the program interface.
The read and write speed of the selected drive is displayed in MB, and there is an option to display the total read and write speed as well if you prefer that.
A few applications for Physical Disk Speed Monitor come to mind. The program may be used to find out how taxing a specific application is, and if the drive is able to handle those performance needs.
It may also be used to benchmark a drive to see if a drive delivers the speeds advertised. This can be helpful in determining if a drive is about to fail, as low speeds can be a sign of a nearing disk failure.
Physical Disk Speed Monitor requires the Microsoft .net Framework. It has been tested under a 64-bit edition of Windows 7, and will run on most Windows operating systems. The program is available for download at the developer website.
Note that the program is rather bare bones. If you need a software that offers more functionality, try Parkdale.
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