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So I use USB jump drives to watch movies on my TV, and have an issue when I'm transferring them from my computer to my jump drive. The progress bar will move along as normal, but once I get to the last 1% or so it'll sit there saying 0 seconds left, but take five minutes to finish up and close the transfer progress window. Since this happens with all three of my jump drives, and all of them are different brands, it has to be an issue with my computer. I'm running Vista Home Premium, and my motherboard is a Foxconn Destroyer... any thoughts on what is wrong and how to fix it?? Its been going on as long as I can remember, just never got very far in finding a solution. Thanks for any help!
    
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Windows generally lies to you with regards to transfer speeds.
The time it takes for the drive to catch up with it's actual transfer speed is what you're waiting on.
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I would agree that this would seem to be the case, but in a transfer window there is a drop down portion that shows the transfer rate and how much is remaining... right now as a test I transferred a movie and the whole thing moved in about 5-6 seconds, and then it just sits there with "1 item remaining" that is 48mb... but it showed a fast decrease in the amount remaining for that first 5-6 seconds. If its just being slow and gradual, then the computer is 100% fooled and confused. That being the case, I think its actually stuck on some portion of the transfer process, right at the end.

I don't know how information like this is read, transferred and written, but is it possible that all the data of the movie file is transferred in a "random" formation, then organized and "recompiled" at the new location...? It would make sense for the mass of the information being transferred quickly, then sitting there for a few minutes seemingly doing nothing at the end (recompiling it)...

EDIT: I should add that when it sits there, it says there is a different amount remaining to transfer each time I transfer a movie... like I just did another one and it sits on 109mb. It says 0 seconds remaining because the transfer rate is over 100mb/sec, so the amount remaining should take less than a second.
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Transferred from USB to your HDD or from your HDD to USB?
USB drives tend to read around 20-25 MB/sec and write from 10-20 MB/sec depending on drive.
You're going to hit a hard limit on USB 2.0 around 30 MB/sec.

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I transferred a movie and the whole thing moved in about 5-6 seconds
Seeing as most movies are 700+ MB, divide out your file size by a typical transfer rate.

At 25 MB/sec, a 700 MB video would take 28 seconds instead of 5-6. The bar will advance to the end but the OS realizes the transfer isn't actually done yet.
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save yourself time just grab one of these usb flash drives its what i get for my samsung i tear movies off my raid setup in just 2-3mins max to fill an 16gb usb 24mbs transfer speed.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=15063

Or any other quad channel flash would be recomended or a portable 2.5 Sata HD
 
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save yourself time just grab one of these usb flash drives its what i get for my samsung i tear movies off my raid setup in just 2-3mins max to fill an 16gb usb 24mbs transfer speed.
You aren't going to fill up '16 GB' in under ~8 minutes over USB 2.0...
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You aren't going to fill up '16 GB' in under ~8 minutes over USB 2.0...
lol your right, i could not be ***** timing it lol umm but now you mention it i should work it out.

umm here goes

1gb=1024mb

1024 x 16= 16384mb

16384-(fat32 formatting) =~15500mb

15500 / 25mb/s= 620sec

620 / 60 = 10.3mins

Ok so it takes a while but norm you wont transfer a 15.5gb movie

Standard 4-5gb movie will only take around 3-4mins
 
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Thanks beers, you were right! I looked up the specs on the jump drive I'm using right now, it writes at 5.5mb/sec. And yes, this is from my HDD to my jump drive. I guess that answers the question though: buy a drive that writes at higher speeds. The one being used right now is a Corsair Voyager 16mb...
    
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16384-(fat32 formatting) =~15500mb
You don't lose so much from formatting as you do from manufacturers using the decimal system whereas storage is useful to computers in binary.

'16 GB' = 16,000,000,000 bytes.
16 binary GB = 17,179,869,184

16,000,000,000 / 1024 (KB) / 1024 (MB) / 1024 (GB) = ~14.90 GB usable.
Some manufacturers put a little more into the drive, but it's nowhere near actually having 16 GB.
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