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Blackmagic Disk Speed Test for Mac

By Blackmagic Design Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Blackmagic Disk Speed Test

  • Measure and certify your disk performance when working with high quality video
  • Last updated on 04/27/20
  • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 2, 2012

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test is a tool designed to test the speed of your drives. Why bother? Well, if you are accessing or storing video or other real-time demanding applications, you want a drive that can keep up with the read and write demands of those applications. Blackmagic Disk Speed Test is designed to let you know how fast your drives are and report their speed changes over time. The app is free and installs easily.

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test launches with a dialog sporting two rotary speed gauges, one for reads and the other for writes. Below those two dials, there's a checklist of features. When first run, Blackmagic Disk Speed Test writes a big block of data to the selected drive, testing the write speed, then reads it back and reports the results. When left on your machine, Blackmagic Disk Speed Test continues to perform intermittent read-write tests of the drive and report performance changes over time. Since performance changes with disk fragmentation and capacity, as well as general deterioration of drive mechanisms as they age, this can be a useful diagnostic.

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test works exactly as described and didn't cause any issues in our testing. The visual speed display and text results provide a constant report as to the health of your drives. If you work with real-time video or audio applications, knowing that your drives can keep up is critical. The only negative about this app is the way you choose the drives to test, but that will likely be improved. Nice app.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.2

Version 3.2 includes improved UI to support faster disks.

General

Release April 27, 2020
Date Added April 27, 2020
Version 3.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later.

Popularity

Total Downloads 110,264
Downloads Last Week 143
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Developer's Description

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.