How To Benchmark Disk I/O

Here is a quick snipped on how to benchmark Disk I/O with dd.

$ time sh -c “dd if=/dev/zero of=/home/rchapin/test.zeros bs=1024k count=10000 && sync”

10000+0 records in
10000+0 records out
10485760000 bytes (10 GB) copied, 81.4124 s, 129 MB/s

real    1m21.950s
user    0m0.810s
sys     0m5.474s

Will do a write test of 10GB.

You can do a similar test and read from that file generated and write to another file or /dev/null to get an idea of the read speeds.

See the this link for more information.

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