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Old Feb 13th, 2017, 10:05 AM   #1
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Blackmagic disk speed test

Does anyone use Blackmagic disk speed test for their iMac? I downloaded it last week from the app store and can't get it to boot. I know it says it requires a 64 bit processor (which mine has according to the Terminal). I have a 2008 24" iMac running Lion 10.7.5.

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Old Feb 13th, 2017, 02:50 PM   #2
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Try downloading it from here:
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/38...isk-speed-test

and maybe read some of the comments there if it doesn't work.

and yes, your iMac is 64-bit:
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Old Feb 13th, 2017, 02:56 PM   #3
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Hi pm-r,

Thanks very much for the response and the links. I'll download from the macupdate site and hopefully can get the program to run. As well, the iMac specs link will come in handy. Thanks again.

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Old Feb 13th, 2017, 03:39 PM   #4
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Hi Again, I tried the download from macupdate but it still takes me to the App store for download. I downloaded and still no luck. I read several of the review comments and they, too, had problems running the app. I'll do some more research.

BTW, would anyone have an older copy that they could direct me to?
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Old Feb 13th, 2017, 06:24 PM   #5
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BTW, would anyone have an older copy that they could direct me to?
I can't seem to find anything and I just checked my v. 3.0 of Blackmagic Disk Speed Test.app that I've had and used with my SL 10.6.8 and just checked it with Mavericks 10.9.5, Still works.

Correction, my [B]Blackmagic Disk Speed Test[/B.app] I used with SL seems to be v. 2.2.2 but I don't believe it ran properly with OS X 10.7.x that I hardly ever used.

Personally I wouldn't worry about even using it too much as there's not much you can do other than getting a newer fast HDD of maybe even a semi-fast SSD which are faster than any HDD.


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All links to the old v. 2.x seem to just goto the v. 3.0 site that I could find.
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Old Feb 13th, 2017, 06:31 PM   #6
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Patrick, I tend to agree with you regarding useage of the app. What I wanted to do is benchmark my old HDD and see what the speed increase is with the new SSD. After that I'd probably never use it again. BTW, do you know anything about Xdrive? This app was mentioned in an article about benchmarking Mac drives.

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Oops - the software is called Drive dx not XDrive.

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I don't know anything about that but maybe try some sites for alternate apps and software like:
https://9to5mac.com/2015/05/14/how-t...ree-downloads/

BTW: Most such apps just measure the Read/Write speeds and may not even give an accurate speed of actual use, but can give a potential speed figure which should be ok for comparison use.
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Thanks again - I do appreciate your expertise and experience.

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Old Feb 13th, 2017, 07:18 PM   #10
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The place you are most likely to notice an improvement is in boot times and launching certain apps.

Why not just time your normal boot time and the launch times for any apps that seem particularly slow, then compare after the change?.
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