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My HDD Speed 2.30

Easily monitor your hard drive read/ write speeds

by Mike Williams

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License: Shareware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 23 November 2014
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Downloads To Date: 1055
Developer: My Portable Software
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My HDD Speed
Easily monitor your hard drive read/ write speeds

My HDD Speed is a small tool which displays the current read/ write speed of all your hard drives in a tiny window on your desktop.

The program is portable, too, so there's nothing to install; just run the executable for a simple way to keep an eye on your hard drive activity.

One problem we did notice here is that sometimes, just occasionally, the My HDD Speed window was displayed below that of other applications. We've no idea why, and after minimising our other applications and clicking the program window, it correctly displayed on top of everything else.

Other issues include My HDD Speed's RAM requirements; 27MB on our test system is a little much for what it's doing. And the program will also display a "Donate" button until you give the authors some cash, although this at least is more reasonable: 5 Euros is accepted as a base donation, and that covers everything the authors produce.

Still, the program's display is clear, and if you're looking for a portable drive activity monitor then My HDD Speed just might provide everything you need.

Version 2.30:
    - added a new registration method: SMS. Useful if you don't have a credit card or PayPal
    - (fixed) on some systems the systray icon is not visible after Windows logon (common Windows problem...)
    - new error reporting system engine
    - various code fix
    - updated internal libraries code

Verdict:

It has a few annoyances, but My HDD Speed does provide a clear and simple view of your hard drive activity, and so could be worth a closer look

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