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How come my USB 3 speeds drop after a few moments ?

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October 9, 2010 6:02:18 AM

In my PC I have a 7200 rpm seagate 7200.12 HDD. I Got a new USB 3 EXT Dock for internal HDD's. I'm also using a 7200 rpm drive. So lets say I start a xfer from the PC to the ext dock at first my speed is good like around 90-100mb's but after like 20 sec's the speed just starts to drop to like around 60mb's. This with other HDD's too so why is this happening ? is this normal ? My Mobo is a P6X58D-E. I looked at Asus website and my drivers for nec usb3 is the latest. thanks
a b G Storage
October 9, 2010 8:26:15 AM

I have encountered this problem in my old XP unit but on vista or windows 7 it's find.
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October 9, 2010 11:43:51 AM

What makes you think USB3 is the bottleneck? If you copy something from A to B, then both A and B need to be as fast. 60MB/s sounds like a normal HDD bottleneck to me if you filled it up or it's not one of the latest drives such as 7200.12 which is way old.
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October 9, 2010 12:21:39 PM

Try doing a benchmark on both the drives between which you are transferring files.
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October 9, 2010 6:08:21 PM

Sub mesa's has probably hit the nail on the head.

If your external hard drive itself can only accept data at 60MByte/sec, then that's going to be the limiting speed no matter how fast USB 3 is. 60MByte/sec is a pretty good speed for an external "portable" unit that uses a 2.5" drive internally. And if it's an older 3.5" drive or if you happen to be transferring files to the last portion of the drive where performance is the poorest then it's probably around the rate you can expect.

I assume you're reading the transfer rate from the progress window that's shown when you drag-and-drop a file? The reason it appears to be faster at first is that Windows caches writes in RAM - so the transfer rate you see initially is the speed to copy from the internal drive to the RAM cache. Of course the RAM cache is ultra fast, so the bottleneck at that point is the internal drive. Once the RAM cache fills up then the bottleneck shifts to the external drive and the transfer rate that's shown will drop to the speed at which it can accept data.
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