Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
By Blackmagic Design Inc
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Disk Speed Test is an easy to use tool to quickly measure and certify your disk performance for working with high quality video! Simply click the start button and Disk Speed Test will write test your disk using large blocks of data, and then display the result. Disk Speed Test will continue to test writes and reads from your disk so you can evaluate both performance and readability over time.
What's New in Version 3.1
Improve support for faster disks.
Blackmagic is now faster enough to rate internal SSD speeds, even the Startup Disk
Blackmagic has been updated to adequately report the speed of SSD devices.
When Blackmagic tries to read the Startup Disk, you get the message that the device is not writeable, hence you cannot rate the the transfer rates of the drive.
I found a workaround that will report the rates of the Startup Disk. Its quite simple. Create a disk image (.dmg) using the disk utility specifying file->new image->blank image. Make it big enough for Blackmagic to work with (7+ GB) and name it what you will. Mount the volume (if it is not already mounted).
In Blackmagic select the disk image mounted. Since the “volume” is on your Startup Disk, you will see how fast it drive is. On my 2016 MacBook Pro, I am seeing speeds like 1,000+ MB/s write, and 1100+ MB/S read. I have tried this on my older mackbooks with SSD and they do scale down as the device is older. On an older MacBook Pro the rates I see are 500 MB/S both read and write, as you would expect.
I have run Blackmagic on USB 2, thumb drives, USB 3, and USB C devices to see if I’m getting my money’s worth. You can easily detect when a device is performing subpar and, and with the spinning disk, you can see is transfer speeds deteriorates over time.
Great tool, price is perfect
i wish it had a button in the UI to cancel current test. i know i can simply quit application but doing that on SD cards always makes me nervous. I know about all the pertient data i need from the first couple reads/writes on an SD card, dont need the full 10min + run of tests. But an awesome tool nonetheless. Installed and ran immediately on Sierra 12.6, but doesnt open when you click to launch from the Mac store, so close the store and open from applications drawer.
Nice FREE Utility
I use this often and appreciate it. The update (3.1) seems to provide much more stable speed readings than the 2.x version I've been using (where the guage is all over the map). One issue I have is that it seems to have issues with NTFS formatted drives. I'm using Paragon's NTFS for Mac, and BMDST writes to it well (430 to my SSD) but on the read test it often (though not always) fails with "Error reading the test file". Aside from this niche case it's an awesome tool.
- Category: Video
- Updated: May 17, 2017
- Version: 3.1
- Size: 17.2 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Blackmagic Design Inc
- © Blackmagic Design Inc. 2017
Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later, 64-bit processor