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post #1 of 23
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I have been using this 500gb seagate 7200.11 drive for some extra storage for a while now and it has always seemed very slow. transfering files from my primary 250gb WD only goes at about 9MB/s. meanwhile transfers the other way go 50-60MB/s easily. anyone have any idea what is wrong with it?

here is a screenshot of a benchmark i ran. left is storage right is primary

post #2 of 23
The only solution I can think of is fragmentation on the slow writing drive. The drive you're copying to may be heavily fragmented, so the files must be split and placed in multiple sectors on the disk.
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Is it in an external enclosure? That may slow it down unless it's eSATA.

Did you take off the "slow" jumper?
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@tehmaggot: thats what i thought but all my drives run on a weekly defrag schedule. it was defraged yesterday.

@error10: no it is another internal sata drive plugged in right next to the primary drive
post #5 of 23
In that case, are the drives both on the same controller? An easy way to tell is by looking at the color of the ports. My Gigabyte had purple ports for the Intel controller, and Yellow for the JMicron controller.
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they are on the same controller now. they used to be on different controllers (blue vs. white ports) but i thought that might have been the problem so i switched it and speeds increased from 7 to 10 ish MB/s, but that is still quite slow.
post #7 of 23
The last idea I have is to check the policies that Windows is using for the drives. If you don't know how to check that, go to the device manager and right click the drive and go to properties, and then click the "Policies" tab. Make sure that the "Performance" bullet is checked.
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thanks for the help rep+ but that is already checked.

anybody else got any ideas?
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Like Error said, did you check your jumpers to see if they are set for 3.0Gb/s and not 1.5Gb/s? Other than that, I have nothing.
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post #10 of 23
I have another idea actually

Maybe try booting off of a Linux LiveCD and copying files that way, even though I normally have poor read/write speeds in Linux regardless.
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