How to Test USB Mass Storage Device Read/Write Speed ?

Following description show how to test linux usb mass-storage drivers/devices

Simple mass-storage bench-marking –

Mount usb mass-storage device at /mnt/usb (Note: for embedded target, you may need to use “su” to switch to root user for necessary mount permissions OR For desktop, you will need to use sudo)

$ sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usb

Use dd command to create a temporary file inside mounted drive as,


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$ time dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/usb/testfile bs=1024k count=10000

Above command will create a 10GB File into USB Drive and using “time” command we will know the time required to create ( which is any way write) 10GB file and using this statistics we can identify the write speed of the USB drive which we wanted to test.

Related :   Understanding sysfs and USB

Alternatively, to know the “Read Speed” you can copy the create 10GB file from USB drive to your local Ubuntu desktop/laptop.

 $ sudo time cp -r /mnt/usb/testfile $PWD 

Reference – http://kerneltrap.org/node/6933#comment-202486

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