How to Test USB Speed

If you want to check the speed of your USB ports, you will have to connect a USB device such as a jump drive or external hard drive. After a device is connected, you can use the freeware program USBDeview to give you your USB read and write speeds--as well as information about the device that you are using. After testing you can compare your speed to those of others by submitting it to NirSoft--the developer of USBDeview.

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The speed of different USB devices can vary.

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Go to NirSoft's website and download and install the USBDeview software.

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Close all software and make sure you are not using any USB devices.

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Connect the USB device that you would like to test with.

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Open the USBDeview software.

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Find your USB device listed in USBDeview and right-click it. Select "SpeedTest."

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Click the "Start Test" button in the SpeedTest window.