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Slow transfer to external hard drive


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#1 spyce

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 08:44 PM

I swear, there is just no end to all my problems. In fact, I'm having so many of them, I decided it best to just go ahead and reformat/re-install my OS (it was suggested after I got rid of some nasty malware).

Well, I'm sitting here now and I'm trying to back up all my files to my external drive before re-installing my OS... but it's taking forever! To transfer 1.57GB, it says it will take about 20-30 minutes (it fluctuates), and currently the transfer rate is only running around 600 bytes/sec (got 20 hours to spare to wait for 2 files to move?)... now it's up to 1.7mb/sec... now it's about 2.3mb.. the problem is, it fluctuates alot.. it doesn't often keep steady at one speed- when it finally does keep steady, it's really slow, like 600 bytes.

transferring 1.5 gb should only take 2 minutes, max.. why is it taking so long?

Some info:
External: Westernal Digital Office... 1tb capacity
Connected: via USB... I'm assuming it's 2.0 because my machine isn't eve a year old, so I doubt there's ancient technology in it.
Platform: Vista Home Premium, SP1

Edited by spyce, 30 October 2008 - 08:45 PM.


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Posted 30 October 2008 - 09:41 PM

How much RAM do you have installed?

Have you considered transferring files to another form of media like CDs or DVDs?

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 09:47 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

From what I've seen (or paid attention to), transfer speed between drives varies a bit.

Thing which can impact such include other tasks running on the system, whether the drive is SATA or PATA, whether it's connected directly or via USB, whether the files need to be defragged.

And I don't believe files transfer at a constant rate...in my experience, the total estimated time at the beginning tends to be longer than the actual transfer time.

My guess would be that the files/partition where the files being transferred exist...needs defragging. That's just a guess.

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 09:52 PM

Defragging use to be very important on the smaller hdds in order to keep up speed, but with the larger ones now days it's not as important.

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 10:49 PM

Yeah, I saw that suggestion on another forum.. but I can't moves these files anywhere else... they're currently using up 600+ gb on my external drive; my pc only holds about 400gb (363 technically); but then I have programs installed and such so it tends to be much less... only about 200-250 gb. certainly not enough to be able to move my files so I can reformat my external.

And as for putting my files on another media, like CD, it can work for some files, but not all- I have a lot of files that are over 4 gb (recorded tv shows, movies, etc.)

oh, and i have 2gb of ram.

Edited by spyce, 30 October 2008 - 10:50 PM.





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