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Windows 7: Win 7 is so damn slow when transfering files

24 May 2011   #21

Windows 7 Pro, Vista Business, Vista Ultimate, Windows XP

So... Who is your Antivirus provider? Are you also running an AntiMalware product at the same time?

Perhaps disable 'real time' monitoring - and then do your copy, but I would stay off the internet till done

Typically when moving files, the AV will inspect the files in transfere. Also, a highly cranked up FWall will slow things down too! If you are running an AntiVirus Suite, this may be what you are up against... Might not be windows at all.

Another free copy product - From Microsoft - is RichCopy. Here is my little blog entry on Richcopy:
Free Backup Utility Introducing RichCopy!

Hope that helps you out...

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24 May 2011   #22

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

How are you hooking up the esata......port on the back of motherboard or using the bracket that came with the motherboard? You'll need to experiment with those. I found that when I was using esata, the bracket worked flawlessly. But like I said, you'll need to experiment.

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24 May 2011   #23

Windows 7 ultimate SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
How are you hooking up the esata......port on the back of motherboard or using the bracket that came with the motherboard? You'll need to experiment with those. I found that when I was using esata, the bracket worked flawlessly. But like I said, you'll need to experiment.

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Thanks I'll give that a try
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24 May 2011   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eaglepi View Post
I have 3 500 GB drives internal connected by esata
If the drives are internally connected, you aren't using eSATA right, they are just connecting to the straight up SATA ports directly on the mobo, right?

Are you getting decent transfer times when you copy files from 1 internal hard drive to the other internal hard drive? If not, go into Device Manager and ensure that Write Caching is enabled on each of those drives. It's under the properties of the drive themselves in Device Manager.

We aren't trying to rub it in your face that we aren't having problems, but we don't like the tone of "Windows 7 sucks because it transfers files slow". We disagree that this is the way that it's supposed to be. We are acknowleging that something is wrong in your setup and will hopefully be able to figure out what it is and get you back to fast file transfers.

Have you made any "tweaks" to the OS to make it before better, i.e. disabling any services, etc?

You also mention this started happening once you "Upgraded". Any chance you could back up data, take your Windows disk and do a flat out reinstall from scratch. Often times, this can resolve strange anomolies that just aren't normal.
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24 May 2011   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

[QUOTE=eaglepi;1412832synctoy doesn't work like other backup software because of the goofy permissions in Win7 Wish I never upgraded

I'm trying Teracopy now so I will give it a try[/QUOTE]

Each unto his own, I guess.

But if you say the "goofy" permissions of Windows 7 gets in the way of backup software, then there's something more going on here than we already know.

Your original post stated that your copy speeds are slow when when using your external eSata connected drive. Perhaps you're looking in the wrong place for the cause of your slow file copies? It's entirely reasonable to believe that the drive itself may be faulty, as slow access times are indeed a symptom of a failing drive.

If the external drive is Seagate, then ou may want to use a utility like Seagate SeaTools to determine the problem. If you us some other drive manufacturer, like Western Digital, Samsum or Maxstor, then you'll need to contact them to find out if they have similar non-data-destructive utilities to test their drives.

If you cannot gain access to manufacturer specific diagnostic tools, then I would suggest you do the following:
  1. Right-click the drive in Explorer, then select Properties
  2. Click the Tools tab
  3. Under the Error Checking section, click Check Now.
  4. Turn on the option to Automatically fix file system errors.
  5. Click Start.
  6. Allow the test to finsih uninterupted, then close Checkdisk.

If after running checkdisk on your external drive, you still experience slow transfer speeds, then run the test again, but this time include the option to Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. If it turns out that the drive file system contained errors, then you should get into the habit of using the "Safely Remove Hardware" option to remove the drive first before turning it off, as not doing so can cause damage to both the hardware and the data it stores. If your SATA ports have had their hot-swap capability turned off in the BIOS by setting them to IDE compatibility mode, then the only safe way to remove an eSATA drive is to first shut down the whole computer before removing it.

Oh, and even if you do to solve the speed issues you're having, you should really consider using Microsoft SyncToy 2.1 like I mentioned earlier, because it greatly reduces the time it takes to perform backups. After recently purchasing two Seagate 2TB external drive specifically for the purpose of making backups, it took about 27 hours to initially copy over nearly 3.5TB of data from 15 specified folder pairs. Now, I once a week run all 15 folder pairs to perform a complete backup update in about 20 minutes.
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