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Windows 7: Homegroup Slow Data Transfer Speeds Between 2 Win7 PC's - Help Needed


19 Oct 2012   #1

Win 7
 
 
NEW INFO - Homegroup Slow Data Transfer Speeds Between 2 Win7 PC's

EDIT: New information: Still looking for help, however new information. I borrowed a friends laptop and connected it to the network (wired connection) and the same problem is happening. That means the problem is clearly on the HTPC. Any ideas what could be causing it the slowdown when transferring files from the HTPC to other PC's but leaving the HTPC able to copy files from others (incoming files to HTPC fine, outgoing files from HTPC slow).

Any assistance would be appreciated. Original Message Below.

Dear Seven Forums,

I am having an issue I am hoping someone here can help me with. Currently I have two PC's, one running Win 7 Pro and the other Win 7 Home. The Win 7 Pro PC is my gaming PC and the Win 7 Home PC is my HTPC. They are both linked via a router (Cisco M10 Valet) and both via wired connections.

Recently I thought it would be neat to turn my HTPC into a media/file server as well so I can access files on it from my Win 7 Pro Gaming PC. As such I simply made a homegroup linked the two and added my media library on the HTPC to the list of folders to be shared on the homegroup.

Everything worked fine up-to that point, here is where the problem comes in. The HTPC can copy files from my Gaming PC without any issue, can copy a 500MB file in a matter of seconds. However when the Gaming PC tries to copy a file from the HTPC the transfer speed is in the area of 2-10kbps. Clearly something is wrong yet I have no way to tell what side the HomeGroup the problem is on. Currently I don't suspect it to be on the HTPC side as I did a fresh install of Win 7 and all related HTPC software (XBMC + Apps) under 2 weeks ago. As such its about as fresh as a new born baby.

One thing that I find quite vexing is the gaming PC has zero problems with connection speed when it comes to the internet. Nice and fast, no problems. The same is true for the HTPC. Both are in the range of 35-38 Mbps Down and 4-5Mbps Up. As such its a very confusing problem. I have also ran checks on all hard drives to search for bad sectors in case it was a hard drive issue yet nothing was found. I also tried using a different router (a WRT54GL) to make sure it was not something like that, the symptoms were the same. I also tried replacing the cables for the network, and that did not help.

I really think its a network problem, it is just outside of the realm of my expertise. I really hope this great community can help me with my problem.

Both PC's specs in full are below, any ideas to narrow down the problem, or things I can check would be most appreciated.

Thank you very much for your time everyone,

-S

Specs:

Gaming PC:
OS: Windows 7 Pro
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 ST380817AS & Western Digital Cav.Green WD30EZRS 3TB
CPU: AMD FX 8150
Memory: 16GB DDR3 1866mhz
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX - Bios 0901
Video Cards: 2x Sapphire AMD 6970 2GB
Virus Scanner: MS Security Essentals
Windows Updates: 100% Up To Date

HTPC:
OS: Windows 7 Home
HDD: Western Digital Cav.Green WD3200AUDX 320GB
CPU: AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz
Memory: 4GB Corsair XMS DDR3 1600
Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS
Video: Radeon HD 6530D - On CPU
Virus Scanner: MS Security Essentals
Windows Updates: 100% Up To Date

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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19 Oct 2012   #2

Win 7
 
 

Still looking for help, however new information. I borrowed a friends laptop and connected it to the network (wired connection) and the same problem is happening. That means the problem is clearly on the HTPC. Any ideas what could be causing it the slowdown when transferring files from the HTPC to other PC's but leaving the HTPC able to copy files from others (incoming files to HTPC fine, outgoing files from HTPC slow).

Any assistance would be appreciated.

-S
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Try removing your pcs from the homegroup and just setup folder shares and see if that fixes anything. If not you can always change it back.

Leave Homegroup

Sharing and Permissions
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19 Oct 2012   #4

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by parman View Post
Try removing your pcs from the homegroup and just setup folder shares and see if that fixes anything. If not you can always change it back.

Leave Homegroup

Sharing and Permissions
Well, call me amazed. It actually worked. Now I can transfer files without any issue, any idea as to why it will work when not in a Homegroup? I really would prefer to use homegroups if possible. Any thoughts would be awesome.

Thanks a bunch.

-S
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I personally couldn't tell you the exact reason. Homegroups have always had issues and I have never been a big fan of them. Maybe someone more familial with them will step in a let you know.

Glad it worked out for you.
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