There are bunches of reasons you might want to test your hard drive speed: you might just want to check how fast the new solid state driver are, or find out the big noise your hard drive is making when you just open two folders, which could be a sign of a failing drive.

So, how do you test your hard drive speed without installing the software? Here’s a trick you have to get.


Create a 1-GB file

How surprise is that! Allow me explain. This large file is used for testing the transfer speed of your hard drive. Here’s how to generate it:

->Press the Windows + R key at the same time to open the Run box and then type cmd. Press OK.

-> Enter or copy-paste the text below into your command line and hit Enter and the testing file is ready.

fsutil file createnew fakefile.txt 1073741824


Test your Hard Disk

Once you’ve created a dummy file, you can use it to test out transfer speeds for your hard drive. Testing transfer speeds with the “fake” file is easy. You need to prepare a stopwatch on your phone.

Let’s say you want to test two USBs speed and have a comparison. And you can plug the USBs into the port and and see which takes longer time to transfer a file.

However, you do not have to go through this as long as you make regular maintenance on your hard disk. You should use the alternative yet more powerful feature of Neptune SystemCare Ultimate. The Disk Defrag function on this system optimization utility ensures faster, larger, cleaner contiguous writes from Windows without creating an issue of memory starvation or resource contention, totally helping your hard drive speed.