How can I speed up USB data transfer?

Scool May 12, 2010
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I use a dual core 1.8Ghz, 2GB RAM. I have 6 external hard drives (WD elements) of 1 TB each full of media. I usually transfer complete 1 TB at a time. It takes me 12-14 hours to complete the transfer and when I transfer 2 or more hard drives at a time, the speed becomes half.

Is there any solution where in I can copy these hard drives to a new hard drive faster? Should I build a new system or change my motherboard or replace all my external drives with 7 TBs of internal drives. Is it possible?

Can a motherboard handle 7 TBs of internal drives? How can I speed up my computer? Any configuration so I can build a powerful fast system? Please help! I need to copy 6 TB of media in 6 days.

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  1. Wayne
    March 23, 2012 at 11:54 am

    right click the pen drive properties from my computer, Under the hardware tab find your pen drive, highlight and click properties, under polices change the option from optimize for quick removal to optimize for quick performance, this will speed up the data transfer by upto 30%, Also format your pen drive to NTFS as FAT 32 has restrictions 

  2. Dream_works_gwd
    March 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

     use ghost.exe on ms dos you will transper file faster then any software

  3. Sandeep Nimiwal
    March 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    i have get dell laptop with corei3 and 3 gb ram but whn data copy in usb than copy is slow what can i do please help me and send email sandeep.nimiwal@gmail.com

  4. espow
    January 10, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Yeah, a usb 3.0 device will solve this problem. An USB 3.0 Front Panel Kit can be installed into a free 3.5 bay of your computer and can be connected internally by using the included PCI Express card. Installing PCI Express cards is easy, simply unscrew and remove your computer's main body case cover. On your PC's motherboard near the rear of the computer you'll see some slots. Then you just plug it in there and take a screw driver to secure it to the back. It expands your system by two USB 3.0 ports which are also downwards compatible to USB 2.0 and USB 1.1. You can connect different USB devices like Docking Station, Card Reader, external enclosure etc. Check out http://www.espow.com/wholesale-usb-3-0-front-panel-with-express-card.html for usb 3.0 front panel.

  5. Amal
    June 14, 2010 at 2:30 am

    I want my flash USB more fast

  6. Nezam Uddin
    May 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    get a usb 3.0

  7. Steve Campbell
    May 13, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Scool,

    I would look into a Raid setup. This essentially cuts your physical hard drive space in half but it speeds up transfer ridiculously. There are different types of Raid setups, so just do some research first.

    As far as your computer, soon they will have 6/8-core processors readily available, so if you want a super fast system you might want to wait on that. The more RAM you have the better as well.

  8. Anonymous
    May 13, 2010 at 5:41 am

    While the problem of USB transfer is pretty much in the hardware area (meaning: there's nothing that you can do except changing the hardware), you might want to try TeraCopy to do file copy/move (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/move-or-copy-pc-files-lightning-fast-with-teracopy/).

    Another tips that I can share is that I feel file copying is faster when you do it one drive at a time. Again, TeraCopy can help you because it will put different copying jobs on queue and finish them one by one.

    Another alternatives to TeraCopy that I found are: RichCopy (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/copy-multiple-files-on-your-computer-with-richcopy-windows/) and PikyBasket (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/speed-up-file-copyn-paste-with-piky-basket/)

    But if you do these kind of thing professionally all the time, I think you should invest on FireWire instead of USB.

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