I've come across HD Tach from SimpliSoftware, which is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> to get Read results for XP. The Read and Write version (and commercial versions) cost.

HD Tach will test the sequential read, random access and interface burst speeds of your attached storage device (hard drive, flash drive, removable drive, etc). All drive technologies such as SCSI, IDE/ATA, 1394, USB, SATA and RAID are supported. Test results from HD Tach can be used to confirm manufacturer specs, analyze your system for proper performance, and compare your performance with others. HD Tach is very easy to use, quick, and presents data in easy to read graphs, including the ability to compare two storage devices on screen at the same time for easy analysis.

The home page also gives a few other unrelated free utilities<UL><LI>The Places utility. It allows you to organize where your Windows programs store downloaded files, attachments, documents, etc.<LI>The Password Revealer. This program will help you look up your passwords remembered by your PC.<LI>The Shortcuts Utility. It allows you to create shortcuts within Windows Explorer to folders of your choice. The shortcuts are always available in the left pane of Explorer.<LI>The Hotkeys Utility. Using this program, you can define keyboard hotkeys to launch your applications quickly.<LI>The Startup Manager. This utility allows you to view, and enable/disable programs that start automatically when you log in. If you are annoyed by adware and spyware that gets installed on your computer, you may find this program handy.[/list]John

PS The Places utility looks very useful (for me!) to help with saving email attachments to the directory I always want to use...