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Windows 7: Copying/Moving Files why so slow?

18 Nov 2011   #1
CriticalError

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 
Copying/Moving Files why so slow?

Hello All,

Since I got Windows 7 I have learned it is the same as Windows Vista not much difference, well except the new boot loading screen. Anyway why does it take so long for this to copy or move files?

I am copying moving 4GB of data from my USB to my external hard drive and it takes forever, it says 1 hour remaining, it;s all ready been here for good 40 minutes now.

Why is windows 7 so slow and copying/moving files?


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18 Nov 2011   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

is it the drives that are slow, or the operating system? or is it antivirus software sniffing the data?

it sounds as if you're transferring a big file from a usb stick to another usb external drive. it's bound to take time.

lots of people recommend teracopy, which is meant to speed up file transfers, although i've never tried it myself.
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18 Nov 2011   #3
CriticalError

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
is it the drives that are slow, or the operating system? or is it antivirus software sniffing the data?

it sounds as if you're transferring a big file from a usb stick to another usb external drive. it's bound to take time.

lots of people recommend teracopy, which is meant to speed up file transfers, although i've never tried it myself.
Yes I am moving from files from a 8GB USB stick to a Desktop 500GB seagate hard drive. The hard drive is pretty fast.

However that is still not the point, because even though I copy from internal drive's it is still slow. And no anti-virus software is not scanning.
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18 Nov 2011   #4
JimLewandowski

 
 

If you expand the copy window (status/progress) to show the Megabytes/sec, what does it show? I've found the following:

copying from internal SATA to old internal IDE drive = 30MBytes/sec

copying from internal SATA to USB stick = 9Mbytes/sec

USB is just unbelievably slow.

I tried reformatting the USB stick with a bigger cluster size (from 4096 to 32K) but no difference.
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18 Nov 2011   #5
CriticalError

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JimLewandowski View Post
If you expand the copy window (status/progress) to show the Megabytes/sec, what does it show? I've found the following:

copying from internal SATA to old internal IDE drive = 30MBytes/sec

copying from internal SATA to USB stick = 9Mbytes/sec

USB is just unbelievably slow.

I tried reformatting the USB stick with a bigger cluster size (from 4096 to 32K) but no difference.

Well it is finished not but it was around 1-2MB
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18 Nov 2011   #6
JimLewandowski

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CriticalError View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JimLewandowski View Post
If you expand the copy window (status/progress) to show the Megabytes/sec, what does it show? I've found the following:

copying from internal SATA to old internal IDE drive = 30MBytes/sec

copying from internal SATA to USB stick = 9Mbytes/sec

USB is just unbelievably slow.

I tried reformatting the USB stick with a bigger cluster size (from 4096 to 32K) but no difference.

Well it is finished not but it was around 1-2MB
Ah, just noticed it was USB <--> USB. I thought it was USB stick to internal hard drive. Your numbers are likely within normal.

There might be something to be said about if both USBs were on the same "device" (I don't understand USB but there are like 2 USBs per DEVICE MANAGER USB device tree entry). Maybe the USB bandwidth sharing was the bottleneck?
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