Bart’s Stuff Test

October 31, 2009

I can pretty much guarantee that the name of this utility gives you very little information about what it does. Even the page where you download it doesn’t say much about it, not even the name of what you are downloading. Bart’s Stuff Test allows you to test the read and write speed of your hard disks. It is a free utility.

When I built new new computer, I used two different types of hard drives. One was an SSD drive and the other was a traditional mechanical drive. The SSD drive is supposed to be much faster then the mechanical drive and the only way to find out was to run some speed tests. That’s where Bart’s Stuff Test came into play. Below are my results.

SSD Drive (Patriot Torqx 2.5-Inch 128 GB Sata II)
Average Sequential Write for 66.5 GB: 116.9 MB/s
Maximum Speed: 147.4 MB/s
Average Sequential Read for 66.5 GB: 200.1 MB/s
Maximum Speed: 205.6 MB/s

Mechanical Drive (Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 TB Sata 32 MB Cache)
Average Sequential Write for 53.4 GB: 112.8 MB/s
Maximum Speed: 116.5 MB/s
Average Sequential Read for 53.4 GB: 113.1 MB/s
Maximum Speed: 115.8 MB/s

Clearly the SSD was faster in all tests. When writing data, the difference was fairly small. But reading data it was significantly faster. Go ahead and test your drives and see how they compare and then post your results as a comment.

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