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Windows 7: Windows 7 is VERY slow at copying files compared to XP


02 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 
Windows 7 is VERY slow at copying files compared to XP

Yesterday I needed to copy some data stored on a DVD and it took more than ONE hour to transfer the files (11250 files and 151 folders for 625MB) to the hard drive.

I booted on my WinXP partition (so the very same hardware was used) and it took 20 minutes for it to complete the same task.

The data I needed to transfer were full of very small files and although I could hear my DVD player spinning at full speed on WinXP, it was very choppy on Windows 7 as if it was constantly seeking the files on the disc.

What do you think of this? Did you also notice such behavior?


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02 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PODxt View Post
(11250 files and 151 folders for 625MB) to the hard drive.
Pin-pon.
Did you know that copying small files is a lot longer than big files. If I were to copy 1GB of small txt and doc file over another HDD, it'd probably take that an hour.

I say that it's normal and the files being on an optical disc doesn't help.

But do this (if possible) : transfer a 100MB file over to another hard drive and tell us how much time it took.

EDIT

As for the spinning, you might want to put your computer in High Performance mode in Power Management in the Control Panel. See if that helps.
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02 Mar 2010   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Do you have Nero? If so, run a test with Disc Speed, after setting the read speed to maximum under the custom setting. This may give you something more objective to assess the situation.
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02 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lebon14 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PODxt View Post
(11250 files and 151 folders for 625MB) to the hard drive.
Pin-pon.
Did you know that copying small files is a lot longer than big files. If I were to copy 1GB of small txt and doc file over another HDD, it'd probably take that an hour.

I say that it's normal and the files being on an optical disc doesn't help.

But do this (if possible) : transfer a 100MB file over to another hard drive and tell us how much time it took.

EDIT

As for the spinning, you might want to put your computer in High Performance mode in Power Management in the Control Panel. See if that helps.
Yeah, I know that it takes more time to copy and paste small files but how come that it only takes 20 minutes for WinXP to copy those files and more than an hour for Windows 7 with the same exact hardware???

PS: my comp already is in High Performance mode.

@seekermeister
The benchmark seems good but again, why would XP be 3 times faster than Windows 7?? The DVD drive respond differently on both OS (fast on XP, choppy/sluggish on 7)
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02 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit
 
 

its just your computer. because i had an 8 gb flash drive and i copied the while cod4 files from xp home sp3 to my 7 64bit home premium and it took like 10-20 minutes...and the game file size is about less than 7 gb
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02 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PODxt View Post
why would XP be 3 times faster than Windows 7?? The DVD drive respond differently on both OS (fast on XP, choppy/sluggish on 7)
Drivers, always down to drivers and what security software you are running.
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02 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PODxt View Post
Yesterday I needed to copy some data stored on a DVD and it took more than ONE hour to transfer the files (11250 files and 151 folders for 625MB) to the hard drive.

I booted on my WinXP partition (so the very same hardware was used) and it took 20 minutes for it to complete the same task.

The data I needed to transfer were full of very small files and although I could hear my DVD player spinning at full speed on WinXP, it was very choppy on Windows 7 as if it was constantly seeking the files on the disc.

What do you think of this? Did you also notice such behavior?
See this Thread, I think it is talking about the same thing. We discovered it was the A/V that was causing the problem.

W7 64-bit as slow as Vista 32-bit? Your experience?
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02 Mar 2010   #8

7 Pro 64 Bit
 
 

Try turning off indexing. See if that helps.
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13 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 64
 
 

Windows 7 has some kind of problem. Most likely related to the fact that they jambed that worthless windows desktop search into the OS. You want to make XP act like windows 7 install the desktop search and you'll likely have the same problem. I just don't get why Microsoft takes broken items that people continuously disable because they don't work, like using word as an email editor and desktop search, and force it into the application.
I can use the same software and XP can write to disk, to network drives, cd/dvd roms, and removable USB drives at least 1.5 times faster every time. The throughput is nearly triple on the network for XP and that is after the registry hacks, indexing changes, search changes, a disk defrag and any other mod you can do to speed it up.
I'm talking about 64 bit Operating System passing data though a 1333MHz bus vs 800MHz XP (32bit), running two processors 500MHz faster each than on XP, with more than double the RAM, at full power settings, and with all drives running Higher RPM and capable of faster write speeds that is performs at 60% of its predecessors speed. If I dumped a handful of metal shavings on the motherboard and spilled some coffee on it that would be acceptable. However this is a problem and I see it all day long on HP and Dell desktops and laptops. There is something seriously wrong with windows 7. Even the search features are a fail. Please don't try to tell me I don't have it configured right because I know better.
I just burned two identical data DVDs. One on burned w/ XP Roxio 10 and one w/ Win 7 Roxio 10. Windows Seven can't open the subfolders, Vista home premium also has issues. It might after tem minutes. If it does open and you leave the disk in from that point forward the folders will open just as quickly as they did the first time on xp. Take the disk out and youll start all over. If you can even open the disk. Put it in XP spins up and 13-30 seconds to open the disk folders max. Doesn't matter which machine created the disk windows 7 and vista both have problems reading the files (not the tile structure), you can drill into the tree quickly, but as soon as a folder has a couple thousand pdfs, plain text, or other files win 7 chokes. I can duplicate that when opening lan folders too.
This issue is non existant on all xp terminals.
So I either have 35 win 7 pc's from different manufacturers that are all having various driver issues or win 7 is problematic.
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14 Oct 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Windows sometimes messes up DMA settings, causing HDDs and CD/DVDs to underperform. This may e.g. happen when Windows detects that the device is not performing optimally, thus lowering the DMA access mode, until the device conforms to Windows liking.

Go to Device Manager - IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers and check all your ATA channels in the Advanced Settings tab. There you can see what DMA Mode your devices are currently using. Just make sure the "Enable DMA" check box is checked! If not, check it, reboot, and verify that it remains checked. If it doesn't, you have a chipset drivers problem and you need to reinstall them.

Typically modern DVD/DVDR drives should use Ultra DMA Mode 2.
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