What is the fastest way to backup large amounts ?

I have two external usb3 hard drives (WD Passports) and I wanted to back up 900GB from one onto the other (empty) one. The laptop is a Dell 6440, and am using the usb3 ports on it, and it has 8GB Ram, BUT, I highlighted all the files and folders in the source disk, r/clicked, then clicked on send to, and chose the destination drive, and it's saying about 23 hours remaining and it's doing 3.64 MB/second?? Has anyone any ideas where it's going wrong please? What do the people here use to do fast backups like this please?
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  1. your issue lies with your laptop and the USB controller in it - can u network the drives? or perhaps you can get a usb-network adapter that will speed things up, if you have gigabit ethernet on your laptop
  2. -Chris- said:
    I have two external usb3 hard drives (WD Passports) and I wanted to back up 900GB from one onto the other (empty) one. The laptop is a Dell 6440, and am using the usb3 ports on it, and it has 8GB Ram, BUT, I highlighted all the files and folders in the source disk, r/clicked, then clicked on send to, and chose the destination drive, and it's saying about 23 hours remaining and it's doing 3.64 MB/second?? Has anyone any ideas where it's going wrong please? What do the people here use to do fast backups like this please?



    1. Open Backup and Restore by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Backup and Restore.

    •If you've never used Windows Backup before, click Set up backup, and then follow the steps in the wizard. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/back-up-files#1TC=windows-7

    Hope this helps :)

    The_Freeman
  3. Thanks for the replies. To sprinter - would that be the quickest way to do these backups?
  4. -Chris- said:
    Thanks for the replies. To sprinter - would that be the quickest way to do these backups?


    Backing up your files would be faster than doing a full back up as it is not including to OS.

    Hope this helps :)

    The_Freeman
  5. The time estimation is often VERY wrong.

    Just yesterday, I had to copy over a couple hundred GB. It went from 22 hours initially, down to 2 hours, back up to 2 days, etc, etc.
    I think it was about 3 hours total.

    Just let it run.
  6. There's no os on either external hard drives. Any other ideas? Are there any tweaks I can do to the laptop and/or the external WD Passport hard drives?
  7. -Chris- said:
    Are there any tweaks I can do to the laptop and/or the external WD Passport hard drives?


    Yes. Invent USB 5.0.
  8. Nope, there must be other ways and apparently, I need to find out about write caching? Also, the transfer speeds hover around the 20-30 MB/second, which I know is too slow for usb3, so there must be something that can be done.
  9. Enabling write caching:
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/10392-write-caching-enable-disable.html

    Or, just let it run overnight. It would have been done by now.
  10. I did let it run overnight, but by 7am this morning it still wasn't finished and I had to take disconnect it and take it away. 20-30 MB/second is slow for usb3.
  11. -Chris- said:
    20-30 MB/second is slow for usb3.

    It not just USB 3.0 - you have slow mechanical drives inside.
  12. Possibly update the drivers for your motherboard.
  13. There's a simple option let it run and leave it be then it will finish. Just have some patience. Remember it's a virtue.

    Hope this helps :)

    The_Freeman
  14. The_Freeman said:
    There's a simple option let it run and leave it be then it will finish. Just have some patience. Remember it's a virtue.

    Hope this helps :)

    The_Freeman

    Didn't help in this case, but thanks anyway.
  15. -Chris- said:
    The_Freeman said:
    There's a simple option let it run and leave it be then it will finish. Just have some patience. Remember it's a virtue.

    Hope this helps :)

    The_Freeman

    Didn't help in this case, but thanks anyway.


    Sorry to hear that. Is your data backed up yet or have none of the other options worked?
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