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Windows 7: Folder Copy by Cut&Paste : extremely SLOW

19 Jan 2011   #1
wkt

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Folder Copy by Cut&Paste : extremely SLOW

I am watching for some time that copying of folders is working extremely slow on my system ( I really wish back the times of Windows 98 when this worked quickly ).

An Example : copy of 696MB onto an USB Stick.
A flash tool tells me about the writing speed of 4,2 MB/s.
But what happens/is shown in the detail of Windows 7 :
it will probably take 23 hours (!) to finish and the speed is believe it or not 45-50 KB/s (!!!) ?
Why are these programmers lying in such a way ? If calculators would similarly work we wouldn't be satisfied I think.

If I copy with e.g. robocopy I can't see any acceleration.

If I shut off the virus scanner I also see no effect ( perhaps a little bit faster...? ).

BTW : if I copy from partition to partition I also get poor results - so 5-10 MB/s.

Is this normal ? Can I in any way tune the system to copy faster ???


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19 Jan 2011   #2
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

It's a bit hard to comment without knowing exactly what you're doing. But clearly on the surface of it you have a problem with your PC!. Transfer speed depend on number and size of files etc but 2-4MB/s is reasonable for a drag & drop to a USB. eg I can drag and drop a 100MB zip file in 20secs to a USB 2. flash drive/stick.
I can suggest some standard checks:
1) Check device manager for any warnings.
2) Check you HDD (Computer,Properties,Tools or chkdsk)
3) Run a speed test on your HDD.
4) Try a USB flash to USB flash copy (using different USBs)
5) Run memtest
6) Run Malwarebytes

Edit: I had to leave - but as I said in 1), 2) Check out your HDD performance. Also use the disk manufacturers diagnostic utilities. For speed check try
http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html
For other disk info (SMART data) try CrystalDiskInfo on the same site.
Sata partition to partition drag & drop copies should be on the order of 50MB/s or greater. The sequential tests from Crystal Disk info should be on the order of 100+MB/s.
The fact that your HDD partition to partition performance is poor makes the HDD the first thing to check.

USB to USB slow transfers may show may point to USB controller/driver issues.

Memory tests (use the inbuilt Windows) and malware testing are obvious things to check.

Then report back your findings.
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19 Jan 2011   #3
soho1

 

There's so much to cover on this topic. Instead I'll just hit a few key points to start.
- Bing/Google a utility called DiskBench.exe to benchmark your data transfer times on various disks
- If you have an unreasonably slow hard drive, check your S.M.A.R.T. statitistics. Search for hard drive health utilities
- What's your configuration? Windows 7 experience numbers? etc.
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20 Jan 2011   #4
wkt

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I can suggest some standard checks:
1) Check device manager for any warnings.
2) Check you HDD (Computer,Properties,Tools or chkdsk)
3) Run a speed test on your HDD.
4) Try a USB flash to USB flash copy (using different USBs)
5) Run memtest
6) Run Malwarebytes
......
Then report back your findings.
Sorry for the delay,
1.) No warnings in the device manager.
2.) I ran chkdsk : no problems found on partition C: ( see attachment 1 )
3.) I ran a speed test : poor values ? ( see attachment 2, 3)
are there many READ ERRORS ???
5.) Don't know how to run "memtest". The command is not known on my system.

I will make further tests ( probably over the weekend ).


Attached Images
Folder Copy by Cut&Paste : extremely SLOW-screen-snaper-image-0.jpg Folder Copy by Cut&Paste : extremely SLOW-screen-snaper-image.jpg Folder Copy by Cut&Paste : extremely SLOW-screen-snaper-image-2.jpg 
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20 Jan 2011   #5
wkt

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by soho1 View Post
......
- If you have an unreasonably slow hard drive, check your S.M.A.R.T. statitistics. Search for hard drive health utilities
- What's your configuration? Windows 7 experience numbers? etc.
Please have a look at the configuration in my profile.

Windows 7 experience numbers : data transfer of primary hdd is - 5.9
processor, RAM - 7.1
graphics - 4.7,4.9

How do I check S.M.A.R.T statistics and which - I have some tools for system information. For instance HWiNFO32 :

Sectors Per Interrupt: Total: 16, Active: 16
Max. PIO Transfer Mode: 4
Multiword DMA Mode: Total: 2, Active: -
Singleword DMA Mode: Total: -, Active: -
Ultra-DMA Mode: Total: 6 (ATA-133), Active: 5 (ATA-100)
Max. Multiword DMA Transfer Rate: 16.7 MBytes/s
Max. PIO with IORDY Transfer Rate: 16.7 MBytes/s
Max. PIO w/o IORDY Transfer Rate: 16.7 MBytes/s
Transfer Width: 16-bit
Native Command Queuing: Supported, Max. Depth: 32

Sectors Per Interrupt: Total: 16, Active: 16
Max. PIO Transfer Mode: 4
Multiword DMA Mode: Total: 2, Active: -
Singleword DMA Mode: Total: -, Active: -
Ultra-DMA Mode: Total: 6 (ATA-133), Active: 5 (ATA-100)
Max. Multiword DMA Transfer Rate: 16.7 MBytes/s
Max. PIO with IORDY Transfer Rate: 16.7 MBytes/s
Max. PIO w/o IORDY Transfer Rate: 16.7 MBytes/s
Transfer Width: 16-bit
Native Command Queuing: Supported, Max. Depth: 32
Raw Read Error Rate: 200/51, Worst: 200
Spin Up Time: 172/21, Worst: 171 (Data = 6366)
Start/Stop Count: 99/Always OK, Worst: 99 (Data = 1941)
Reallocated Sector Count: 200/140, Worst: 200
Seek Error Rate: 200/51, Worst: 200
Power-On Time Count: 95/Always OK, Worst: 95 (Data = 3953)
Spin Retry Count: 100/51, Worst: 100
Calibration Retry Count: 100/51, Worst: 100
Power Cycle Count: 99/Always OK, Worst: 99 (Data = 1930)
Power-Off Retract Count: 200/Always OK, Worst: 200 (Data = 197)
Load/Unload Cycle Count: 200/Always OK, Worst: 200 (Data = 1941)
Temperature 107/Always OK, Worst: 97 (Data = 43.0 C)
Reallocation Event Count: 200/Always OK, Worst: 200
Current Pending Sector Count: 200/Always OK, Worst: 200
Off-Line Uncorrectable Sector Count: 200/Always OK, Worst: 200
UltraDMA CRC Error Rate: 200/Always OK, Worst: 200
Write Error Rate: 200/51, Worst: 200

SORRY, BUT I CAN NOT INTERPRET THESE DATA !!!
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20 Jan 2011   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wkt View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I can suggest some standard checks:
1) Check device manager for any warnings.
2) Check you HDD (Computer,Properties,Tools or chkdsk)
3) Run a speed test on your HDD.
4) Try a USB flash to USB flash copy (using different USBs)
5) Run memtest
6) Run Malwarebytes
......
Then report back your findings.
Sorry for the delay,
1.) No warnings in the device manager.
2.) I ran chkdsk : no problems found on partition C: ( see attachment 1 )
3.) I ran a speed test : poor values ? ( see attachment 2, 3)
are there many READ ERRORS ???
5.) Don't know how to run "memtest". The command is not known on my system.

I will make further tests ( probably over the weekend ).
I understand your frustration!

Your HDD health looks good to me. Your speed performance is very poor for a sata internal HDD! They look more like an external USB 2 HDD. Here are mine
Folder Copy by Cut&Paste : extremely SLOW-ide-speed.jpg

Have you run Malwarebytes with the latest updates???

I'm puzzled. Here are a couple of options to try.
(1) Have a look at what's consuming resources with Resource Monitor.

(2) Boot into SAFE MODE and see what your performance is like.

(3) Down load a light weight linux - Puppy linux (I use it sometimes).
Boot the linux OS from the CD. Mount your HDD. Play around with a few files transfers and get a handle on performance from this angle.


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21 Jan 2011   #7
wkt

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Your data also seem more normal to me. May my migration from Vista have somehow influenced this behaviour of my system with regard to the hdd ?

I have to admit I have a very bloated system : about 135 processes, about 135000 handles ( whatever this means ).

I don't have this program Malwarebytes : I will try to find it.

As a Linux system I prefer PCLinuxOS. But I am only a casual user of Linux and don't know how to get the performance data of the hdd there.
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21 Jan 2011   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I would say "bloated" was an understatement. As I type this I have 58 processes running.
Get rid of the bloat. Find out what are the "hangers on" and stop them. You have to start using some judgement here.
Have a look at your startup processes and prune them back.

I strongly suggest you look at performance when booting into SAFE MODE.
To do this boot and tap F8. Select boot in safe mode (it's normal for your screen to look low resolution in this mode).

I'm not a big linux user either. It's a windowed OS and only takes a bit of a play to do some file copy tests.

If it all gets a bit much then consider backup, Clean install.

Malwarebytes download.
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21 Jan 2011   #9
wkt

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thank you so much for your effort to help me.

Sorry, I don't want to install from the beginning because I am lazy and don't want to lose the work of 2 years ( starting with Vista... ).

I was somewhat successful : first I ran the memtest ( Windows inbuilt via F8 on booting ) and got no errors.

Then I ran Malwarebytes and was very surprised to find some .sys and .dll files and also registry items which were suspicious. I removed them all.

Then I rebooted in SAFE MODE an run the CrystalDiskMark program again. You see the result in the 1st attachment. This was a little bit better than before.

In the 2nd atachment you see the speed of a 3GB copy process - not so fast but about 2 times faster than I remember it was before I started this thread.

Then I rebooted into my non-administrative user account : 98 processes before I started to work ( I must say that I ran the autoruns program and deleted/deactivated some processes - alas I don't quite understand how to handle this program ). Then I repeated the CDM program and was VERY SURPRISED to find the data shown in the 3rd attachment below.

But I am still far away from the speed of your disk.


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Folder Copy by Cut&Paste : extremely SLOW-cdmresult.jpg Folder Copy by Cut&Paste : extremely SLOW-copyparttopart.jpg Folder Copy by Cut&Paste : extremely SLOW-cdmafterreboot.jpg 
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21 Jan 2011   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Windows should do it automatically - but try defragmenting your disk. Type defragment in your start box and follow the guides.

My results are probably as high I'm going to get with this type of spinning disk.
Speeds will also depend on where on the disks the tests are run.
Note the blue graph. When you start filling the disk (working on the inner tracks) see how the speed drops - radial velocity for you.
Folder Copy by Cut&Paste : extremely SLOW-hdt_1tb.jpg

I would think you should be getting 90+ MB/s on the sequential test.


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