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Windows 7: Any Faster Way to Copy 2 TB Data?

06 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Any Faster Way to Copy 2 TB Data?

Is there any faster way to copy 2 TB Data in Windows (with a USB 2.0 Ported Notebook) other than copy and paste?

Copy and paste would take around;

20 MB/second * 60 ≈ 1200 MB/minute ≈ 1.2 GB/minute
1.2 GB/minute * 60 ≈ 72 GB/hour
72 GB/hour * 24 ≈ 1728 GB/day ≈ 1.728 TB/day.

Is there any other faster way to do this?

or

As you would see from My System Specs, I have an ASUS G72. Is it possible for me to change one of the USB Pairs from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0?

I searched Google, found some information about other brands/models or general warnings. I was wondering if anybody has some more specific information?

Thanks.

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06 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Might try TeraCopy. See if that gives you any better results.

Copy your files faster with TeraCopy
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06 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
Might try TeraCopy. See if that gives you any better results.

Copy your files faster with TeraCopy
Thanks! I will try and post the results.
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06 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Well, the theoretical "speed limit" on USB 2.0 is about 60 MB/s. According to Wikipedia, the maximum observed on Windows was 33 MB/s. So, compared to your calculations, at most you could hope for about 50% increase in speed, regardless of which software you use.

On the other hand, your laptop is equipped with the gigabit LAN. You did not write where you want to transfer the data to (or from), but I would suggest using the network - that's way faster than USB2. Alternatively, you can take out the hard drive and hook it up directly, but that's much more complicated.

Edit: your laptop also has the eSATA port. That's also fast - actually, as fast as your hard drive. That would be my preferred option.
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06 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IMAyNeed View Post

Is there any other faster way to do this?
Yes use the e-sata
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06 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
Well, the theoretical "speed limit" on USB 2.0 is about 60 MB/s. According to Wikipedia, the maximum observed on Windows was 33 MB/s. So, compared to your calculations, at most you could hope for about 50% increase in speed, regardless of which software you use.

On the other hand, your laptop is equipped with the gigabit LAN. You did not write where you want to transfer the data to (or from), but I would suggest using the network - that's way faster than USB2. Alternatively, you can take out the hard drive and hook it up directly, but that's much more complicated.
Right now, I am transferring the data from one external drive to another external drive (Both USB), but there are times I am transferring data from Internal SATA to External USB, but those data wouldn't be over 100 GB at a time.

How can I do the data transfer by network? Can you explain it if possible (Including the explanation of laptop having gigabit LAN)?
I have an option of using Linux or Mac too, but then during the process, I wouldn't be able to use Windows; and also, I don't know about if using them will increase the speed.
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06 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My experiences with network in my case homegroup was very dissapointing it was very slow
There are people here who know a lot more than I do so I hope you get your answers
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06 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pooch View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IMAyNeed View Post

Is there any other faster way to do this?
Yes use the e-sata
My next external drive will be one for sure.
Thanks for reminding me that though.
I will still have to use USB though if I am transferring to or from.
(usb to e-sata or e-sata to usb)
I checked Google, but got confused about average speeds though.

What are the averages for

from sata to e-sata
from usb 2.0 to e-sata
from e-sata to usb 2.0

?
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06 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pooch View Post
My experiences with network in my case homegroup was very dissapointing it was very slow
There are people here who know a lot more than I do so I hope you get your answers
Are you talking about transferring files between the computers in the homegroup?
It is not too bad on mine. Faster than USB 2.0, but I actually I don't know what was the average speed on my homegroup.
I was talking about transferring files from one external drive to another, both usb.
Thanks for your help.
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06 Apr 2011   #10

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Yesterday I transferred 300 GB of data from an internal WD Caviar Black SATA drive to an external Samsung SATA drive using an eSATA connection. It took 2 hours and 10 minutes. The same backup through a USB connection takes longer--I think at least 3 hours.
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