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Is there any reason why copying and pasting between USB drives on windows 7 professional is slow pathetically slow? I have a reasonable spec laptop, but even deleting files is taking an age. And copying and pasting between the internal HDD and external USB is taking literally hours for only a few GB of data. Downloading large files from the Internet has no issue at all. I dont get why the speed issues are as such? Any potential theories to investigate further.
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by:jcimarron
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pma111--
1) Are the USB drives almost full?
2) Are they attached to different USB ports?  (they should be)
3)  Are the USB drives up to date.  Check in Device Manager.  Or, in Device Manager, uninstall the USB drives (not delete) and reboot.  Windows should install latest drivers.
4)  Have you tested the USB drives on a different PC to see if they perform any better?
5)  Run a virus and malware scan.
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by:pma111
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No where near capacity..in 2 different ports.. seem fine on other pcs especially older xp machines.. nothing shown with malware sca n
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pma111--
"3)  Are the USB drives up to date?  Check in Device Manager.  Or, in Device Manager, uninstall the USB drives (not delete) and reboot.  Windows should install latest drivers."

Since the USB drives work on other PC's, the problem is with the PC you are working on.  Have you tested Memory?
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The performance of the pc is fine and quick just copy and paste.. i have also noticed windows completely miscalculates how much data is copying the numbers dont match up
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pma111--
"The performance of the pc is fine "
Yes but the drivers governing USB performance may not be!
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Windows states they are already running the latest drivers.
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Looking around it seems to be a common issue/complaint on Windows 7
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