HD Tune Pro
Version and / or Patch Used: 4.00
Developer Homepage: http://www.efdsoftware.com
Product Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com
HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:
Benchmark: measures the performance
Info: shows detailed information
Health: checks the health status by using SMART
Error Scan: scans the surface for errors
HD Tune Pro gives us accurate read, write and access time results and for the last couple of years has been gaining popularity amongst reviewers. It is now considered a must have application for storage device testing.
Oh what I wouldn't give for RAID TRIM right now. The Patriot Wildfire drives are so fast, but keeping them that way can be difficult. Here we see the RAID 5 array already running at steady state, that is when every new write needs to go through the read, erase then write cycle. Our enterprise readers have asked to see the RAID 5 numbers this way and we obliged.
For the enthusiast we have the two drive RAID 0 numbers with two drives running on Intel's native SATA 6G.
We've discussed the write limitations of the 120GB SandForce drives before. When compared to the 240GB drives the single drive 120GB setup hits a brick wall when writing data.