1.    26 May 2017 #1

    Copying to USB Very Slow


    A few times a week I backup my data files to my extended hdd and my USB.

    Seems it take forever to copy to the USB. Very short time to copy to Extended hdd.

    I've tried deleting to old backup first so there will be no need to replace and files.
    That doesn't seem to be any faster than replacing the files.

    Any way to make to copy to USB faster.
    James
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  2.    26 May 2017 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesJoey View Post
    A few times a week I backup my data files to my extended hdd and my USB.

    Seems it take forever to copy to the USB. Very short time to copy to Extended hdd.

    I've tried deleting to old backup first so there will be no need to replace and files.
    That doesn't seem to be any faster than replacing the files.

    Any way to make to copy to USB faster.
    James
    @JamesJoey

    James, there a lot of factors involved. Under the best of circumstances, an external drive will always beat a USB thumb drive. Most significant is the USB 2.0 versus USB 3.0. Your external HDD is most likely 3.0 capable, and I hope you are using a 3.0 port. A thumb drive, 2.0 or 3.0 cannot take advantage of the system write cache like an external can. The controllers and drivers are different. Many brands of thumb drives are simply not engineered for massive data transfer. They are geared more to saving pictures and small videos, like from a camera. Or they are used for installation media, where they are read only. Writing to a USB is very slow, and the cheaper brands are extremely slow. Unless you have formatted the USB thumb drive as NTFS, it comes as FAT32, and has a file size limitation of 4GB. That in itself doesn't really affect the speed, just what you can copy.

    There really is no way to make a USB thumb (stick, FD) as fast as an external HDD spinner drive.

    Hope this helps. There's a lot more to it, but basically....you can't force a USB to do any better than what it is.

    TC
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  3.    27 May 2017 #3

    The file system is ntfs.

    I wasn't aware that so many factors can effect this.

    I looked at the properties.

    What is 'Ready Boost?'
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  4.    27 May 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesJoey View Post
    The file system is ntfs.

    I wasn't aware that so many factors can effect this.

    I looked at the properties.

    What is 'Ready Boost?'
    In your case, and in virtually all cases nowadays, Ready Boost will buy you nothing, and you probably can't use it anyway. The hardware/software out now is far superior to any advantage from Ready Boost. My opinion, avoid it. And if you are using an SSD, avoid it like the plague! Here's some info:

    Is ReadyBoost still an effective tool in Windows 10? - TechRepublic
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  5.    27 May 2017 #5

    Thanks for indulging me, it's appreciated,

    James
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  6.    27 May 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesJoey View Post
    Thanks for indulging me, it's appreciated,

    James
    You're welcome, James. Any time.
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