Windows 10: Achieving Faster Backups via USB 3.0

  1.    16 Mar 2016 #1

    Achieving Faster Backups via USB 3.0

    Hi, having just purchased a new portable hard drive to do backups, I decided to test a few things.

    1. HARDWARE. When I connect the hard drive to the FRONT panel of my desktop tower, my speeds are absolutely mediocre. Even if it's a blue port (USB 3.0), the transfer rates I was getting were in the Kbs, not even in the MBs. I looked up the specs for my drive (Seagate Backup Plus Portable 4TB) and I should be getting approx 120MB/sec. After connecting it to the REAR panel, that's what I was averaging thru regular drag/drop via Windows Explorer. I then tested with the portable drive connected to the USB port of my ASUS monitor. While I expected mediocre speeds like the front panel of my tower, I actually got the speeds of the rear panel, which was a pleasant surprise. I'm guessing that's because the monitor is connected to the rear panel and doesn't lose any performance thru the cabling.. ?? So, QUESTIONS: Why is the front panel USB ssssooo slow? Is this a common issue? IF it is because it's cabled to the motherboard (instead of direct) then why did I not experience the same poor performance thru my monitor USB?

    2. SOFTWARE. I've been using FreeFileSync but I've been wondering for some time if it's actually faster to do my initial mirror by drag/drop in Windows Explorer or to use my 3rd party software. QUESTION: Does anyone know if using 3rd party software can make a backup slower?
    Last edited by orlando1974; 16 Mar 2016 at 11:55.
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