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How to Test Western Digital Hard Drive Speed [Full Guide in 2024]

If you want to run Western Digital hard drive speed, this passage may be helpful to you. This passage will tell you how to test Western Digital hard drive speed in two efficient ways, and you will also get bonus tips to speed up your hard drives.

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Western Digital hard drives are popular with users because of their high quality and performance. This page will provide two ways to test and increase the speed of Western Digital hard drives.

Before we start the specific step-by-step guide, we need to understand the necessity of testing Western Digital hard drive speed.

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Why Need to Test Western Digital Hard Drive Speed

Western Digital hard drives have a capacity of up to 4TB. Sequential read speeds are up to 560MB/s, and sequential write speeds are up to 530MB/s. When the drive's read and write speeds are lower than the standard, it may affect the computer's performance. Run Western Digital hard drive benchmark test mainly caused by the two reasons:

  • To ensure that the drive is working properly and running faster
  • To detect hard drive problems and fix them

Performing a speed test on your Western Digital hard drive is essential. HDD benchmark test also allows you to check if your newly purchased hard drive is up to the standard speed. 

How to Test Western Digital Hard Drive Speed

This section will mention two reliable and professional speed benchmarking tools to test Western hard drive speed. Here's a simple comparison so you can choose the right method for your situation.


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Task Manager

Detected data Read/write speed, I/O, and delay data Read and write data
Data Export Function Support data export No support
Data Type Real-time data and extreme performance of hard drive Real-time data
Operation Difficulty Easy  Difficult 
Suitable Users  All, including beginners For experienced computer users

After a brief comparison, you can now refer to the step-by-step guide below to complete the Western drive speed test.

Way 1. Test WD Hard Drive Speed via EaseUS Partition Master

EaseUS Partition Master offers the "DiskMark" feature that allows you to obtain sequential and random read and write speeds and I/O and delay speeds of your hard drives with a few easy clicks.

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Here are the steps to run the Western Digital hard drive speed test using EaseUS Partition Master.

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

If necessary, click "Save this report" in the bottom left corner and you can export the data and analyze the anomalies.

In addition, with this powerful tool, you can also check your hard drive health and manager your computer better. If you have more needs, click the button below:

Way 2. Test WD Hard Drive Speed via Task Manager 

Task Manager is a tool provided by Windows that can be used to test read and write speeds. But it provides a much simpler data result. If you want to see the real-time data, please follow these steps to test Western Digital hard drive speed:

Step 1. Pick "Task-Manager" from the menu that appears when you right-click the bottom of the Task Bar.

Step 2. From the menu at the top of the newly opened window, choose "Performance."

Step 3. Choose the target drive and see the speed data.

check speed

In addition, Western Digital also provides its own hard drive diagnostic tool - Data LifeGuard Diagnostics (DLGDIAG). This tool can identify, diagnose and repair Western Digital hard drives. However, it cannot test the speed of the drive. If you want to test the speed, please follow the two methods above.

How to Improve Western Digital Hard Drive Speed

These are the two ways to test Western Digital hard drive speed. If the drive slows down, it may be due to bad sectors or low disk space. Here I have provided some quick ways to speed up Western Digital hard drive:

  • Free up disk space: Clean up some unnecessary files and programs.
  • Update programs: Run the latest Windows updates.
  • Defragmentation: Reduce the time spent by the head to read file fragments.
  • Expand disk space: You can expand the partition or clone all data to a new hard drive.
  • Repair bad sectors: If there are a small number of bad sectors, you can use Disk Surface Test to clear them.

EaseUS Partition Master is a good tool to increase hard drive speed. Try downloading it if you haven't already!

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Do you know how to test Western Digital hard drive speed yet? This article shares two methods to improve your Western Digital hard drive speed. 

If you want to manage your disks better, EaseUS Partition Master is the one for you. It will help you check your hard drive's speed and health and boost your data.

FAQs About How to Test Western Digital Hard Drive Speed

This article has a detailed tutorial on testing Western Digital hard drive speed. Some other frequently asked questions and answers are provided in this section. I hope you will find it helpful.

1. How do I test my Western Digital hard drive?

This article provides two ways to test the speed of your Western Digital hard drive. You can use EaseUS Partition Master for speed and health testing or cmd for data testing. If you want to check the health of your Western Digital hard drive, you can also use its tool: WD Data LifeGuard Diagnostics.

Step 1. Download DLGDIAG Western Digital Support for Windows.

Step 2. Right-click on the drive and select "Run Diagnostics."

Step 3. Select "Quick Test" and click Start. In the pop-up window, select OK.

Step 4. Select Extended Test to detect bad sectors if needed. Selecting Erase will erase the drive.

2. What is the speed of the Western Digital hard disk?

Western Digital hard drives have sequential read speeds of up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 530MB/s.

3. Why is my WD hard drive so slow?

There are several possible reasons why your Western Digital hard drive is slow.

  • A large amount of fragmentation on the drive.
  • Insufficient hard drive space.
  • Bad sectors on the drive.
  • The drive is infected with malware.

You can use EaseUS Partition Master to fix the problem and perform a hard drive speedup.

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