Solved

Need suggestions for a fast way to transfer files to external drive

Posted on 2006-07-11
9
309 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
Hello,

     I am preparing to transfer about 100GB or more data from an internal harddisk to an external harddisk. I have tried to transfer the data to an external USB 2.0 harddisk. However, the process takes many hours !

     Could anyone suggest a faster solution for such a transfer. Does external network drive offer a better solution, or there are alternative solutions ? What hardware/software are best suited for such propose ?

Lawrence
0
Comment
Question by:experts_tkw
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • +1
9 Comments
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:DaMaestro
ID: 17086593
If it must be fast and must be external, short of SCSI, the fastest would prbabably to install a SATA II adapter with external connectors and use an SATA II drive/enclosure
0
 
LVL 6

Accepted Solution

by:
DaMaestro earned 250 total points
ID: 17086602
0
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:_Mr_Limo
ID: 17086995
easiest, if you have the correct port, is a firewire port - most external HDDs come with these nowadays - If not, make sure the one you purchase does, as well as make sure that your computer has one...

0
Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 17087835
Using USB 2 shouldn't take that long. Are you sure the port you are using really is running at USB 2 speed? What OS are you using and how are you copying the files from the internal drive to the external one?
0
 

Author Comment

by:experts_tkw
ID: 17088029
Hello rindi and the others,

     I am using a Windows 2000 Professional OS, connecting to an external MAXTOR 160GB harddisk through a USB 2.0 port/cable. I am not using any backup program and just using the windows explorer to copy about 100GB of data. The copying is a file by file process and takes many hours.

     I haven't used backup program as I just need an identical cloning of the files from one drive to another. Is there any software/hardware that can handle the task in a more efficient way.

     The SATA II solution is a good one. However, is there just a better workaround for USB 2.0

     Thanks for any comments.

Lawrence
0
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 17088257
Are you sure your PC is capable of USB 2, or is it just a USB 1 port? If it is around 4 years old or older, that is probably the case. You should then get a PCI USB 2 card and connect the external HD to that. If it is a laptop then there are PCCard USB 2 adapters neither are very expensive, and USB 2 is a lot faster than USB 1. It isn't as fast as IDE or SATA, but it gets close to IDE.
0
 

Author Comment

by:experts_tkw
ID: 17088371
Hello rindi,

     Could I test whether the USB port is 1.1 or 2.0. Is there any software for auditing this information.

Lawrence
0
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 17088429
If you open the device manager look for USB, and you should at least see something like "Enhanced USB". Otherwise if you can post the motherboard model we might also be able to find out. But since this is a win2k PC I'm assuming it isn't the newest, and then it quite likely doesn't have USB 2 yet. There is often also an indication when you insert a device that is capable of USB 2 speeds. In the taskbar you then will often get a message similar to "using a fast USB device on a slow connection" (don't know the exact wording).
0
 

Author Comment

by:experts_tkw
ID: 17088534
Thanks for rindi's comment.

I think the SATA II solution is a right candidate. Thanks for all.

Lawrence
   
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
SSD mSata 250GB 37 98
Tivoli Backup create analytic backup report 2 45
Raid 1 Rebuilding sync fail 3 55
VMotion Direct Attached Storage 9 91
This article is an update and follow-up of my previous article:   Storage 101: common concepts in the IT enterprise storage This time, I expand on more frequently used storage concepts.
In this article we will learn how to backup a VMware farm using Nakivo Backup & Replication. In this tutorial we will install the software on a Windows 2012 R2 Server.
This video teaches viewers how to encrypt an external drive that requires a password to read and edit the drive. All tasks are done in Disk Utility. Plug in the external drive you wish to encrypt: Make sure all previous data on the drive has been …
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Featu…

762 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question