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Monitor Transfer Rates Between Hard Drives ???

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August 29, 2011 1:17:19 PM

Is there an application that can monitor real time transfer rates between hard drives and partitions, RAID and non RAID, internal and external drives?
August 29, 2011 1:26:09 PM

drives meter is a gadget for windows vista/7 that does the job
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August 29, 2011 3:44:05 PM

If you are using windows 7, I believe the resource monitor shows disk I/O information.
August 30, 2011 2:10:42 AM

Thanks people for your responses. But, I do not see what I'm looking for in any of the offered possibilities.

1. The Resource Monitor only monitors drives.
I cannot monitor transfers between partitions especially on the same drive.
Plus it is very "ham-fisted".
Accurate transfer rate figures are not possible as far as I can see.
I did not see any way to log transfer data to compare and reference later.

2. Drives Meter does allow monitoring transfers between partitions.
But, it also is very "ham-fisted".
Accurate rates again are not possible, nor are logs.
No more than 4 partitions can be monitored at any one time.

3. As far as I can see CrystalMark can only benchmark from its own inputs,
not monitor what the drives are doing in the real world.

4. I have also tried HDTune Pro.
It does the type of job I'm looking for.
It turns out graphs, screen shots, logs, etc.
It comes very close to what I am looking for.
Except, that it does not monitor partitions, only drives.

I have 4 internal HDDs:

2x 1TB drives split into 2 drives -
1 RAID0 with 1 partition, and
1 RAID1 with 2 partitions
2x 1 TB drives as RAID1 split into 3 partitions

Then, there is a docking station where several non RAID drives ranging from 160 GB to 1.5TB with 1 to 3 partitions on them are accessed.
The docking station is USB 3.0 capable. I am running it as USB 2.0 right now.
The USB 3.0 PCIe card arrived just before beginning this post.
I want to check the real world operation of all of these drives and their interactions internal and external USB 2.0 and 3.0.

Am I wrong in my assessment of the apps offered or are there other possibilities to be tried?
Thanks again for your inputs.

Yes I am Using Win7.
These are all SATA drives
I also have 2 IDE drives.
But, it is not my intention to use them.
August 30, 2011 12:09:42 PM

I may have found what I'm looking for, or at least close to it.
Robocopy [Robust Copy] is a command line utillity included with Win7 and other WinOS's.
I've read that Robocopy can monitor transfer time and speed.
There are at least 2 GUI versions available for it.
One from MS Technet and one from

Anyone familiar with Robocopy and its capabilities?

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August 30, 2011 4:26:31 PM

voyager1 said:
Is there an application that can monitor real time transfer rates between hard drives and partitions, RAID and non RAID, internal and external drives?
Use the built-in "Perfmon" utility, which has always been part of NT-based Windows systems even though they've added additional tools such as Resource Monitor. To run it, click the "Start" button, type "Perfmon" into the search box, and hit <Enter>.

To use it, click the big red "+" button and select the performance counters you want to view. "Logical Disk" shows I/O counters for drive letters, which correspond to partitions. "Physical Disk" shows I/O counters for each separate device.
August 30, 2011 9:41:53 PM

Here is some detail on how to use the builtin Perfmon to monitor any disk activity, not just the one that a disk stress tool creates: link.

Just replace Physical Disk with Logical Disk to be able to monitor different partitions.
August 31, 2011 5:11:12 AM

Thanks guys.
Perfmon does appear to be what I'm looking for.
Maybe even a lot more than what I'm looking for.
September 7, 2011 12:39:35 PM

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