Concerned about your disk(s) speed ?

Thanks to, I found a little package that allows to test actual disk sequential access speed. When disk capacities have largely improved, disk speed can be a very limiting rate factor, especially on laptops. hdparm comes with every Linux distribution :

~ $ sudo hdparm -t /dev/hda
 Timing buffered disk reads:   92 MB in  3.01 seconds =  30.58 MB/sec

Use your actual drives if not /dev/hda.

Find more about hdparm in manual pages ( man hdparm) and on maverik’blog, and about seeker, a utility that he has written to measure random access time.