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How to Run External Hard Drive Speed Test on Windows 10/11 [Step-by-Step Guide]

Do you want to know how fast your external hard drive is? Don't worry. This article provides you with two ways to run external hard drive speed test on a Windows PC.

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The write and read speed of an external hard drive can have a major impact on the performance of an electronic device, so you have to test its write/read speed to check if you need to replace it with a new one. You can learn how to run an external hard drive speed test on Windows on this page:

Especially when you are an experienced gamer, you need to pay special attention to the speed of the external hard drive of your PS4/PS5/XBOX ONE because the speed of the external hard drive directly affects your gaming experience. Now, let's dive into learning how.

Run External Hard Drive Speed Test via Professional Speed Tester - Detailed Data

EaseUS Partition Master Free is a professional speed tester for external hard drives on Windows. It can display all the details related to external hard drive speed, such as sequential read/write, random read/write, I/O, Delay, and so on. See the list below for more information.

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  • Supported system: Windows 11/10/8/7 and Windows Vista/XP
  • Target users: Beginners and experienced users
  • Interface: Clear
  • Operation difficulty: Easy (Simple clicks)

Here is how to test external hard drive speed:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master. And click the download button to activate the "DiskMark" feature under the "Discovery" section.

click the download button of diskmark

Step 2. Click on the drop-down box to choose the target drive, test data, and block size.

select a drive

Step 3. Once everything is configured, click "Start" to begin the disk test. Then, you can see the Sequential or Random read/write speed, I/O, and Delay data.

click start

You can learn more features of EaseUS Partition Master from the list:

Its "Disk Mark" and "Disk Health" features can help you manage your (external) hard drive well. Besides, you can get the health status and detailed speed whenever you want to. Download and try it.

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Run External Hard Drive Speed Test via Task Manager - Limited Data

You can also test the speed of the targeted external hard drive through Task Manager, but Task Manager can only provide limited basic data. If you want to know detailed data of HDD benchmark, you can still turn to EaseUS Partition Master for help.

See the steps of using Task Manager to test external hard drive speed:

Step 1. Search "Task Manager" in the Windows search box.

Step 2. Click and launch it, and navigate to the "Performance" option.

task manager

Step 3. Choose your external hard drive from the left panel.

As you can see, Task Manager just display limited data for you, so don't hesitate to turn to EaseUS Partition Master. By the way, if the speed test result is not ideal, you can click the link below to fix your issue:


The speed of your external hard drive has a huge impact on your computer's performance. You can learn two external hard drive speed test tools in this article. If you want to know how fast your external hard drive is, then take these tests and use the above recipes to speed things up.

Among these methods, EaseUS Partition Master can provide you with more detailed and accurate speed data. At the same time, it can also effectively detect the health status of your disk and can effectively prevent data and even economic losses caused by hard disk damage.

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External Hard Drive Speed Test FAQs

This part lists three questions and answers for you. Check the answers below if you're facing similar problems.

1. How can I test the speed of my external hard drive?

You can turn to a professional disk speed tester, EaseUS Partition Master. Here're the steps:

Step 1. Download and launch EaseUS Partition Master. Navigate to the "Discovery" section.

Step 2. Click "Disk Mark" and choose the target hard drive.

Step 3. Choose the "test data" and "block size." After that, click "Start."

2. How do I check my external SSD speed?

EaseUS Partition Master can provide detailed speed data for you. Here is how to use it:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master and click "Discovery."

Step 2. Click the "Disk Mark" feature and choose your SSD external hard drive. Then, choose the "test data" and "block size. 

Step 3. Finally, click "Start."

3. How do I test my external hard drive speed on Mac?

You can use BlackMagic Disk Speed Test on your Mac to test. Here is how:

Step 1. Open BlackMagic Disk Speed Test and click the "Setting" button to select the target hard drive.

Step 2. Then, click "Start." Then, you can see detailed writing and reading speed.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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Written by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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