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CrystalDiskMark

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  • All versions:

    2.5 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 8
  • Current version:

    2.3 stars

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    • 4 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent free tool"

    March 12, 2014  |   By Tristram_Shandy

    Version: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2f

    Pros

    Can test any attached disk partition
    Choice of number of tests to run for final test figure
    Choice of size of file to test

    Cons

    Not initially obvious what to do to get the thing started, clicked 'All' eventually.

    You have to have your wits about you to avoid installing the CandyLabs rubbish. However you are given the choice and always read what's on the panel. That way you get only what you want, namely CrystalMarkDisk.

    Moral:- 'Read Before Clicking'

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Contains Spyware"

    November 10, 2013  |   By cnet-com

    Version: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2f

    Pros

    Although CNET has been known to include Spyware, the Open Candy spyware was included by the publisher.

    Cons

    The publisher includes Open Candy spyware. If you download from the publishers site you get the same spyware as the CNET Version

    Summary

    Stay Away from this software publisher!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Get It Without Unwanted Add-ons !"

    October 2, 2013  |   By andrewbaggins

    Version: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2f

    Pros

    To get CrystalDiskMark without the add-on "Open Candy" ad-ware go to this link: http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html Scroll down to CrystalDiskMark and select the "Portable (zip)" version to download. Then right-click the downloaded file and choose "Extract all". The un-zipped folder contains regular and 64-bit versions. Double-click on the one you want to run. No adware or spyware in that version.

    Very useful benchmark test especially for SSD drives. Unlike ATTO benchmark, this one uses more realistic tests including incompressible data. The most important numbers for eveyday computing are the "4K Random" Read and Write results. Another very realistic benchmark is called AS-SSD, also free. It's designed specially for SSDs and provides a numerical score you can easily compare to other SSDs.

    Cons

    This version from CNET includes Open Candy software which sends you targeted ads from a network participating merchants. If you don't want this ad-ware then go to the publisher's website (shown above) and download the Portable version instead.

    Summary

    There's a lot of very good free software where they bundle in one or more extras such as toolbars, ad-ware, etc. Usually, you can un-check a selection box during install to avoid installing the unwanted extras. Sadly, this version of CrystalDiskMark forces Open Candy ad-ware on you.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs spyware which hijacks browsers"

    September 8, 2013  |   By raitchison

    Version: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2f

    Pros

    No idea, I uninstalled as soon as I saw what it did.

    Cons

    This software installs AVG spyware without asking or disclosing and also hijacks Chrome's (and tries with IE) start page.

    Summary

    Stay away.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs virus!"

    May 31, 2013  |   By vmazelis

    Version: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2f

    Pros

    It's a good program by itself.

    Cons

    Installs a malware called OpenCandy, which is often described as virus in many sources on the Internet. There's no way to choose to avoid it, as the EULA's for the main program and the virus are bundled in one and if you agree to accept the terms of one, you accept the virus installation automatically. Do not download it, download the portable version of CrystalDiskMark instead. It's free of infections and works fine.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Buyer beware (didn't know you were buying anything?)"

    May 14, 2013  |   By eqwfrWg

    Version: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2f

    Pros

    Great application, small and to the point. Just like a tool should be.

    Cons

    Installer bundles the following when you install:
    - Extensions that auto install and re-enable when removed
    - Unwanted toolbars
    - Popup generating adware requiring manual removal
    - Search engine and homepage hijacker (Conduit)

    Summary

    I will never recommend use of these applications unless you can obtain an older version which is not bundled with such terribly invasive adware. Frankly, I never really trusted CNET downloads but this will cause me to recommend against using CNET when possible, and just downloading from the author's site or from another archive/mirror.

    I will be checking all my other essential tools and making sure I have copies that don't have all this trash attached. I recommend anyone who uses small applications like this to keep a trusted copy backed up somewhere.

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