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Windows 7: How to format USB 3.0 for maximum copying speed?

2 Weeks Ago   #1
yargd

Window 7 Pro
 
 
How to format USB 3.0 for maximum copying speed?

I have tried many format options such as NTFS 4096 bytes to 64kilobytes.
This is my current NTFS default format. NTFS 4096 bytes


when I format it at NTFS 64kilobytes, the speed is like 150mb/sec but it get stuck at the end for a really long time.


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2 Weeks Ago   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

Usb 2.0 can reach 480 Mb/s or 60 MB/s
USB 3.0 can reach 5 Gb/s or 625 MB/s
USB 3.1 can reach 10 Gb/s or 1250 MB/s

The bottle neck isn't the USB. The bottle neck is the device.
Even if your USB flash drive has a USB 3.0 or 3.1 communication port, it will not read or write faster then 30 MB/s (on a class 3).
The faster USB flash drive is about 120 MB/s.

I would format as default (Fat 32?)
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
yargd

Window 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
drive has a USB 3.0 or 3.1 communication port, it will not read or write faster then 30 MB/s (on a class 3).
The faster USB flash drive is about 120 MB/s.

I would format as default (Fat 32?)
There is no FAT 32 option for my USB, only NTFS and exFAT
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

Only Windows and Linux can use NTFS.
exFAT is universal. MAC, Windows and Linux can use it.
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2 Weeks Ago   #5
yargd

Window 7 Pro
 
 

I even plugged it in an usb3 slot.

Is it a bad usb stick?
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2 Weeks Ago   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP
 
 

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2 Weeks Ago   #7
yargd

Window 7 Pro
 
 

This is my USB. Very good review on amazon
Amazon.com: Kingston Digital 128GB Data Traveler 3.0 USB Flash Drive, Green (DTIG4/128GBET): Computers & Accessories

Are the 42,000 files I'm copying the main problem?
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2 Weeks Ago   #8
yargd

Window 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
This is my USB. Very good review on amazon
Amazon.com: Kingston Digital 128GB Data Traveler 3.0 USB Flash Drive, Green (DTIG4/128GBET): Computers & Accessories

Are the 42,000 files I'm copying the main problem?
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2 Weeks Ago   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Kingston Data Travelers are not speed demons. Perhaps average. I've owned several of them.

You can format it FAT32 using third party format tools if Windows won't do it.

I wouldn't expect allocation unit size to make a major difference in speed. It does affect access speed and the overall usable space, but I've never noticed big differences.

If you want "faster", get a "faster" flash drive. They cost more of course. You can find speed tests of them using Google.

If you read enough reviews of Kingstons on Newegg, you'll see complaints about speed and you'll see a Kingston customer service rep by the name of "Jewel" who tells the complainers to buy a higher grade Kingston drive.

Here's a quote from Jewel. The DTIG3 she refers to is a Data Traveler.

"Hello, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support. We apologize for the confusion about the DTIG3 flash drive. This drive is an entry-level USB 3.0 drive and does not offer performance USB 3.0 speeds. If you are looking for a performance USB 3.0 drive, please consider out DTHX30 which offer 135MB/s write in USB 3.0 ports. For any further assistance, please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you."


The Sandisk Extreme series is pretty speedy.

Generally speaking---large files transfer faster than small files. 100 files totaling 10 GB are likely to transfer faster than 1000 files totaling 10 GB.
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2 Weeks Ago   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Might also help to know a little about the machine you're connecting the device too.
System Info - See Your System Specs
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