Disk Bench Marking - Is there a defacto standard

I use HD Tune Pro. What I don't like about it is that you can't test write throughput on production equipment. Bench Marking is so nebulous. Is there a package that would be considered the "industry standard"?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I use Crystal DiskMark.  You can use anything to benchmark - so long as you consistently use it.  You do need to try to ensure you minimize other disk activity to get the truest reading possible.  Benchmarking the physical drive C: is on will always be flawed.   Further, using tools like Crystal Disk Mark may result in skewed performance metrics on partitioned drives as the data on the outer portion of the disk will be read at a different rate than the data on the inner portion.

Some tools MAY take into account the disk geometry (when using platter based drives). You can look at https://www.harddrivebenchmark.net/ for additional information.

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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
I think HD Tune is the best software I have ever found for testing hard disk drives; but, it, along with all other such tools, have a few weaknesses.
None of them can deal with a RAID array unless it is a very simple, Windows managed, array.  Most controllers, including BIOS driven "fake" arrays, then report the array as a single volume to the O/S which leaves you with no way to test that array excepting the controller's management software.
If the drive is mounted; most especially with the boot volume, the O/S has priority access and tools like HD Tune (or Crystal) get interrupted which skews the benchmark numbers or the error scan read speed.

The ONLY way to circumvent these problems is to either test each member of a RAID array on another PC one at a time, test the drive before any partitions have been created, or to deliberately unmount the volume(s) prior to testing and these weaknesses are going to be true no matter what utility you use (period).
LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys
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