How to Test NAS Speed (8 Steps)

By Alexander Poirier

Network-attached storage (NAS) devices are essentially hard drives that are connected to a network that allow data to be shared between multiple computers. These devices have largely replaced file servers for network file sharing because they allow for faster data access when compared to file servers. Use a NAS performance program to test the speed of your NAS system.

Step 1

Open the computer's Web browser and navigate to a website that offers a NAS performance testing program for download. NAS Performance Tester, Intel NAS Performance Toolkit and NetBench are a few of the programs that provide this service. (See Resources.)

Step 2

Download and install the program onto the computer.

Step 3

Double-click the program icon to open the application.

Step 4

Click the "Configure" button from the application window and select the NAS drive you want to test.

Step 5

Place a check mark next to the NAS speed tests you want to run on your drive and click the "Prepare" button. Allow several minutes for the test preparation to finish.

Step 6

Click the "Applications Tests" tab and select your desired test from the drop-down menu.

Step 7

Click the "Run" button in the application's main window. Allow several minutes for the test to finish.

Click the "View Log" button when the test is finished to view the test results.