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Transferring a folder with 25GB of data off my SSD to an external 2TB drive, Transfer speeds at 700 KB/s ??

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July 15, 2013 1:33:38 PM

So I decided to move an old game to my external since I rarely play it and need to save the mods and addons I've downloaded. I know USB 2.0 is slow, but this seems a bit off... Recently I started a 32 pass HDD wipe on the external 2 TB and cancled it after about a day of wiping then quick formatted it. Could that have caused it to slow down?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated! This is confusing the hell outa me!
a b G Storage
July 15, 2013 1:55:03 PM

A 32-pass wipe? If you are interested in a 32-pass wipe, you are probably better off shredding that drive. WipeDrive's 3-pass and 7-pass utilities are good enough for DoD & NSA. 32 passes would take a lifetime on a 2TB external drive, heh.

I don't know what caused such low write speeds to that drive. What speeds do you get copying from the external to your SSD or HDD even?

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July 15, 2013 1:55:36 PM

I will also add that the SSD is nearly full, which is why I am clearing up space. its sitting at about 99% used :p 

Small SSDs are small!
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a b G Storage
July 15, 2013 1:55:58 PM

I have encountered similar, very slow transfer speeds. I think some of it has to do with what your transferring. If it has a ton of small files and directories, it usually takes a lot longer to transfer. Just a thought.
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July 15, 2013 1:59:50 PM

skit75 said:
A 32-pass wipe? If you are interested in a 32-pass wipe, you are probably better off shredding that drive. WipeDrive's 3-pass and 7-pass utilities are good enough for DoD & NSA. 32 passes would take a lifetime on a 2TB external drive, heh.

I don't know what caused such low write speeds to that drive. What speeds do you get copying from the external to your SSD or HDD even?



Yupyup, that's why I canceled it...wasn't worth it...it was going to take 30 days! All i wanted was a truly fresh start with an older LaCie drive. It has connections for eSata and Firewire, but sadly...my computer doesn't support those connections (yet). And I can't test the transfer speeds from External HDD to HDD/SDD because I cut the folder instead of copying it as i should have :-/

Kingbob said:
I have encountered similar, very slow transfer speeds. I think some of it has to do with what your transferring. If it has a ton of small files and directories, it usually takes a lot longer to transfer. Just a thought.


Ohh yea! Well its World of Warcraft...LOTS of small files nested in many many folders...Guess I just need to be patient, eh? Only 6 more hours to go! :D 
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a b G Storage
July 15, 2013 2:02:15 PM

thecynicalmonk said:
Kingbob said:
I have encountered similar, very slow transfer speeds. I think some of it has to do with what your transferring. If it has a ton of small files and directories, it usually takes a lot longer to transfer. Just a thought.


Ohh yea! Well its World of Warcraft...LOTS of small files nested in many many folders...Guess I just need to be patient, eh? Only 6 more hours to go! :D 


Haha, well that seems to explain it! Good luck with waiting 6 hours!
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July 15, 2013 2:06:35 PM

Would it hurt the files being transferred at all if I play some Steam or download some stuff while I'm waiting? Or is my computer basically of-limits to labor intensive programs while this is transferring?

(My computer specs are up there. I have 16 GB of RAM and a 6 core AMD chip...so it wont stress the machine hardware wise) I just dont want to corrupt my data.
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a b G Storage
July 15, 2013 2:10:35 PM

thecynicalmonk said:
Would it hurt the files being transferred at all if I play some Steam or download some stuff while I'm waiting? Or is my computer basically of-limits to labor intensive programs while this is transferring?

(My computer specs are up there. I have 16 GB of RAM and a 6 core AMD chip...so it wont stress the machine hardware wise) I just dont want to corrupt my data.


With 16GB of RAM, and a 6 core processor, I cant imagine you having any problems if you play games or download stuff (as long as it only involves the SSD). I have almost the same setup (just 8 cores) and I can run like a million things at once. Im sure you know what I mean!
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July 15, 2013 2:15:26 PM

Kingbob said:
thecynicalmonk said:
Would it hurt the files being transferred at all if I play some Steam or download some stuff while I'm waiting? Or is my computer basically of-limits to labor intensive programs while this is transferring?

(My computer specs are up there. I have 16 GB of RAM and a 6 core AMD chip...so it wont stress the machine hardware wise) I just dont want to corrupt my data.


With 16GB of RAM, and a 6 core processor, I cant imagine you having any problems if you play games or download stuff (as long as it only involves the SSD). I have almost the same setup (just 8 cores) and I can run like a million things at once. Im sure you know what I mean!


Lol, ohh yea. I'm testing out a networking solution at the moment with a few dozen VMs :)  I also have Ubuntu, Backtrack, and Mountain Lion always running in the background :) 

So you said only if I use the SSD...what if i use my internal 1TB HDD (Sata III) while my files are transferring? That's where all my other Steam games are
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a b G Storage
July 15, 2013 2:22:38 PM

thecynicalmonk said:
Kingbob said:
thecynicalmonk said:
Would it hurt the files being transferred at all if I play some Steam or download some stuff while I'm waiting? Or is my computer basically of-limits to labor intensive programs while this is transferring?

(My computer specs are up there. I have 16 GB of RAM and a 6 core AMD chip...so it wont stress the machine hardware wise) I just dont want to corrupt my data.


With 16GB of RAM, and a 6 core processor, I cant imagine you having any problems if you play games or download stuff (as long as it only involves the SSD). I have almost the same setup (just 8 cores) and I can run like a million things at once. Im sure you know what I mean!


Lol, ohh yea. I'm testing out a networking solution at the moment with a few dozen VMs :)  I also have Ubuntu, Backtrack, and Mountain Lion always running in the background :) 

So you said only if I use the SSD...what if i use my internal 1TB HDD (Sata III) ? That's where all my other Steam games are


Oops, didnt know about the internal HDD. Yeah that would work fine! Quick quesiton, how did you get mountain lion to work on your AMD CPU? I couldnt get it to work on mine :( 
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July 15, 2013 2:26:31 PM

Kingbob said:
thecynicalmonk said:
Kingbob said:
thecynicalmonk said:
Would it hurt the files being transferred at all if I play some Steam or download some stuff while I'm waiting? Or is my computer basically of-limits to labor intensive programs while this is transferring?

(My computer specs are up there. I have 16 GB of RAM and a 6 core AMD chip...so it wont stress the machine hardware wise) I just dont want to corrupt my data.


With 16GB of RAM, and a 6 core processor, I cant imagine you having any problems if you play games or download stuff (as long as it only involves the SSD). I have almost the same setup (just 8 cores) and I can run like a million things at once. Im sure you know what I mean!


Lol, ohh yea. I'm testing out a networking solution at the moment with a few dozen VMs :)  I also have Ubuntu, Backtrack, and Mountain Lion always running in the background :) 

So you said only if I use the SSD...what if i use my internal 1TB HDD (Sata III) ? That's where all my other Steam games are


Oops, didnt know about the internal HDD. Yeah that would work fine! Quick quesiton, how did you get mountain lion to work on your AMD CPU? I couldnt get it to work on mine :( 


You need a "modified" copy of Mountain Lion if you know what I mean. Do a simple search for "lifehacker How to Run Mac OS X Inside Windows Using VirtualBox". It has all the info you need to get started! :) 


EDIT: AS well as Hackboot 1 &2 and Multibeast 4! Cant forget those!
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a b G Storage
July 15, 2013 2:30:06 PM

Thanks for the help! I was trying to use Virtual machine :p 
If I helped, could you select me as the "solution"?

Thanks again!

EDIT: Just realized that with my 128GB SSD (I recently got and use as my boot drive) that probably wont happen...
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