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Windows 7: Faster Transfer File Speed

01 Jun 2011   #11
CGA1

Windows 7 64
 
 

Personally I went from Teracopy to Fastcopy, more options and seems faster in most situations.


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01 Jun 2011   #12
Imperfect1

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CGA1 View Post
Personally I went from Teracopy to Fastcopy, more options and seems faster in most situations.
Excellent comparison by SoftPedia, CGA1. Gives all the scoop about TeraCopy, FastCopy and the Windows 7 copy handler.

Windows Ranks Third in File Transfer Tests - Softpedia

"Conclusion: Both FastCopy and TeraCopy have been created as alternatives to faster copying moving files than what Microsoft bundles in Windows. And it looks like they both succeed in doing their job, recording faster times for completing file copy/move jobs than Windows Explorer as long as no large chunks are involved.

During our tests FastCopy placed itself at a very safe distance from the runner-up and managed to take the lead in all challenges, even if sometimes this was by a whisker. TeraCopy also showed skills when copying small bits spread across multiple folders, but lost the battle against large files in favor of Windows Explorer.

Feature-wise FastCopy dominates the contest offering by far more choices to the average user than TeraCopy. However, one clear advantage the latter has over the former is integration in the operating system by becoming the default file copy/move service.

By contrast, FastCopy is limited to placing shell extensions in the context menu and the operation is not completed as seamlessly as in the case of TeraCopy.

Regarding transfer speed, FastCopy is definitely the choice regardless of the type of files you choose to copy from one place to another."
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01 May 2013   #13
DFW333

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (6.1, Build 7601)
 
 

Why does Windows 7 insist on making these transfers so slow? I'm transferring 120 gigs from C:\ to E:\ and this stupid machine insists on moving it over at the 'amazing' speed of 693k per second. At this rate it will take two days! Unfortunately it's already in progress and the last time I stopped a transfer I had to reformat the drive before it would recognize it again, so stopping is not an option. Any hints on how to make it faster? It doesn't seem to be using ANY processor or RAM as both are showing to be at idle levels. Why it doesn't think to use 8 gigs of RAM to transfer 7 gigs per second is beyond me.
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01 May 2013   #14
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DFW333 View Post
Why does Windows 7 insist on making these transfers so slow? I'm transferring 120 gigs from C:\ to E:\ and this stupid machine insists on moving it over at the 'amazing' speed of 693k per second. At this rate it will take two days! Unfortunately it's already in progress and the last time I stopped a transfer I had to reformat the drive before it would recognize it again, so stopping is not an option. Any hints on how to make it faster? It doesn't seem to be using ANY processor or RAM as both are showing to be at idle levels. Why it doesn't think to use 8 gigs of RAM to transfer 7 gigs per second is beyond me.
Because HDDs are slow. Especially when you are moving large amounts of data. THEY ARE SLOW. The limiting factor is not Windows, it is the HDDs. It could use all the RAM it wants it still would be able to transfer those files at "7 gigs per second" the connection to the HDD is not that fast and a HDD cannot read/write that fast either.
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01 May 2013   #15
DFW333

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (6.1, Build 7601)
 
 

Well still it seems that Windows 7 does not utilize the HDD's full capacity, whatever it is, otherwise it would not be possible for any program to do the operation any faster. The interesting thing is that when I first started the transfer it was moving 4.0mb per second. Over time it just steadily declined until it was only moving at 170kb per second. It reminded me of a person setting out to run five miles but stupidly started by sprinting and had to walk the rest of the way. But a computer shouldn't get tired. Any clue why that happened?
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01 May 2013   #16
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

HDDs only function at high speeds in short bursts, they do slow down with large transfers. It happens because their cache is filled, writing to the platters cannot keep up with emptying the cache fast enough. Thus the whole thing slows down. When you write a file to the HDD, you do not actually write directly to the HDD, you write to its cache. (The amound of cache is designated on the drive usually as "16 MB cache")

As for the other applications doing it faster... marginally faster we are talking about a few seconds faster. The is because they do not take the precautions that Explorer takes. Explorer works in a transactional state allowing for the job to be canceled, as well as flushing the cache and verifying the files was actually written to disk.
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01 May 2013   #17
DFW333

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (6.1, Build 7601)
 
 

Ah, that makes a lot of sense. Thank you for explaining it. But that does leave me with one final question. In this day where terabyte hard drives are about to become the new norm (if they haven't already), why hasn't someone found a way to build one that can write gigabytes at a time? After all, the larger a hard drive's capacity the more likely it is someone will need to copy a large part of it.
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01 May 2013   #18
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Please see: Physics. HDDs are mechanical, they have moving parts. Those moving parts have limitations. They can only function so fast. Thus the move towards Solid State Drives (SSD) which have no moving parts.
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