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How to do fast file copying in Windows 10?

shreeux

Movie Buff
How to do fast file copying Harddisk to USB?

My USB 3.0 connects with a PC USB 3 socket...Sometimes takes an hour to finish...Even though I format USB drive, Defragment and Error checking in tools seciton...Still same issues.

Previously used TeraCopy...Nowadays that is also junk.

Now stick with windows default only


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Desmond

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If you have a huge number of files, that will slow down the copying anyway regardless of the software you use.

You could try copying different folders inside your directory parallelly, but I don't think the throughput would improve by much.
 

whitestar_999

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1. Sequential read write speeds are always much faster than random read write speeds.
2. Big large files(say around a few hundred MB at least) depends most on sequential read write speeds while small files(say a few hundred kb or few dozen MB) depend most on random read write speeds.
3. Never use usb hdd with non-powered usb hub(aka those which don't come with their own separate power adapter).
 

patkim

Cyborg Agent
The points mentioned in above posts & also external links are most likely the culprits, however if you are interested, do a bit more troubleshooting.
Run CrystalDiskMark speed test on both the source and destination drives with at least 512 MB chunks of data, 2 passes and share the results.
After you plug in the USB Drive, run USBTreeView and share the USB port speed status be it SuperSpeed or HighSpeed.
In case you have a desktop & relatively older motherboard, manufactured around or before 2015, then check if there’s a setting called xHCI HandOff in BIOS. If so, what value it reads. If should be Enabled or ON. xHCI HandOff Disabled = USB 3 performance falls back to USB 2.0. Ideally this should not matter for Windows 10 & generally it defaults to ON but still no harm in just checking!
Run Live Windows PE third-party bootable disks and check the speed & duration for the same set of files or at least a sizable sample of files again and see if there’s any difference.
 

topgear

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Uninstall and reinstall USB 3.0 drivers ... even though they they are comes with win 10 download from manufacturers website intel/amd and install those.

From the picture I'm assuming your usb 3.0 ports are working in usb 1.0/1.1 mode.

Also do check the external HDD on another pc.
 

rupeshforu3

Journeyman
Use robocopy tool from Microsoft.

Use winrobocopy which is best gui for above tool and specify source and destination options.

Don't forget to specify mt ie., multiple threads option. It says how many simultaneous copy to perform at same time.

Also don't forget retries option.

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rupeshforu3

Journeyman
I am suggesting you to try robocopy and specify mt option with 2 and retries option with 1000000.

By running the above command it will try to copy two files at a time and if any error occurs while copying it will retry again. The retries happen upto 1000000 times.

The above command also has timeout option and it says that after waiting t seconds the copying will be stopped now and the copy operation will start again if you have given retry option.

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whitestar_999

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By running the above command it will try to copy two files at a time and if any error occurs while copying it will retry again. The retries happen upto 1000000 times.
Very bad suggestion, there are many system files which can't be copied or some files that are being locked by some other software so this setting will effectively makes the copying process stuck indefinitely. Never use more than 4-5 retries because if something can't be copied by robocopy in 5 attempts then most likely it won't be copied no matter how many more attempts are performed.
 

bubusam13

Human
There are multiple ways to copy file fast when it comes to Linux. You can install WSL and get Ubuntu or whatever you are comfortable with. It may seem odd, but Linux in WSL perform better than the Host OS.
 

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rupeshforu3

Journeyman
I think you must try any recovery software like easeus data recovery, recuva or wonder share or stellar etc.,.

You have other option ie., there are stellar data recovery centers in many popular cities. Search for stellar data recovery centers.

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whitestar_999

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I think you must try any recovery software like easeus data recovery, recuva or wonder share or stellar etc.,.

You have other option ie., there are stellar data recovery centers in many popular cities. Search for stellar data recovery centers.

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It seems you posted in wrong thread.
 
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