Windows 10: Copy and Paste taking forever

  1.    23 Mar 2018 #1

    Copy and Paste taking forever


    Firstly hello all new to the forum and have browsed for other related issues like mine but cant seem to quite find one thats in the same context so heres my issue..

    Laptop specs (its not a brilliant laptop but its quite fast)

    Issue: when i CTRL + C a folder and CTRL + V to another folder same Drive it takes Forever to move files ive been sat here for 10 minutes now and the folder im copying ready to past has been Discovering for over 30 minutes granted theres just over 6 gig in the folder but come on it hasnt even started to send any files to the new folder yet....

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  2.    23 Mar 2018 #2

    just so your aware im still sat here waiting for the file discovery to finish which has now been around 42 minutes and its only just got to 5 gig
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  3.    23 Mar 2018 #3

    finally started to copy

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    ignore the 1hour time its gone up to saying over a day lol
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  4.    23 Mar 2018 #4

    When you have a large number (and 139,466 files is a large number) of files to copy, it can (and will in your case, apparently) take a long while to build the file transfer list and then to actually perform the transfer. To a large extent this is conditioned by the speed of the source and target devices involved in the copy operation. I'm guessing we're looking at conventional (spinning) hard disks on at least one side of the transfer, if not on both sides. That said, the next time you try something like this you might want to zip up the files to be transferred first. Then you'll see if the tradeoff between reading and writing to create the ZIP file (which will also take time) improves the overall time involved when the transfer of a single, large (but also compressed) ZIP is factored into the equation.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  5.    23 Mar 2018 #5

    illusions said: View Post
    Firstly hello all new to the forum and have browsed for other related issues like mine but cant seem to quite find one thats in the same context so heres my issue..
    Laptop specs (its not a brilliant laptop but its quite fast)
    Issue: when i CTRL + C a folder and CTRL + V to another folder same Drive it takes Forever to move files ive been sat here for 10 minutes now and the folder im copying ready to past has been Discovering for over 30 minutes granted theres just over 6 gig in the folder but come on it hasnt even started to send any files to the new folder yet....
    Start File Explorer, arrange it so that the folder to be copied is in the right window and the destination is in the left. Right-click the folder to be copied and while holding the right-click, drag the folder to the destination in the left window, release and select "Copy here".

    Ben
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       23 Mar 2018 #6

    Ben Myers said: View Post
    Start File Explorer, arrange it so that the folder to be copied is in the right window and the destination is in the left. Right-click the folder to be copied and while holding the right-click, drag the folder to the destination in the left window, release and select "Copy here".

    Ben
    In this case Ed's suggestion would still be faster (probably).

    Do you actually want to copy that folder, or move it? If you want to move the folder on the same drive, then cut and paste it, not copy. It will be incredibly faster (just changing th e folder pointer instead of really copying the files)
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       23 Mar 2018 #7

    EdTittel said: View Post
    That said, the next time you try something like this you might want to zip up the files to be transferred first. Then you'll see if the tradeoff between reading and writing to create the ZIP file (which will also take time) improves the overall time involved when the transfer of a single, large (but also compressed) ZIP is factored into the equation.
    Agreed.
    Copying 1 large file is much faster, than copying 1000s of small files.

    If you use something like 7-Zip you can set the compression level.
    You can set it to 0 compression and it will just create a single giant zip file, which should be quicker than trying to compress the files.

    Remember to reset the compression level when you are finished. :)
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