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Sporadic USB3.0 Speeds Toshiba Satellite

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March 7, 2017 10:27:26 PM

My Satellite S855-S5378 has 2 USB 3.0 ports. It took multiple web searches to find out how to turn them on - but in copying files to/from 'thumb' drives (including Sandisk Ultra 3.0) the speed MAY start at 50MB/sec but then quickly drops to 10-15MB/sec, while just now, the indicated speed of a copy starts and stays between 10-15MB/sec. The same thing happened with my WD 1TB portable HDs - sometimes they moved data consistently at 80MB/sec, but other times at 10-15MB/sec, fluctuating. Other than Firefox (and I'm not actively web searching during this) and AVG 'free ed' I have no other major programs running (of course there's a million processes in the bg). Any ideas? Thanks!

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March 8, 2017 7:43:10 AM

Your laptop have a slow 5400rpm HDD. It might be depend on if the data on your HDD is continues or fragmented
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March 8, 2017 11:06:38 PM

Actual transfer speed & fluctuation depends, amongst other things, on size & number of files being transferred.
If you transfer just one very big file, the speed will stay pretty much constant, but when transferring a whole bunch of small files of varying sizes, the speed will be all over the place.

Degree of fragmentation of the storage device is also a relevant factor, as mentioned by previous poster.

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19400674,0,1410082 said:
Actual transfer speed & fluctuation depends, amongst other things, on size & number of files being transferred.
If you transfer just one very big file, the speed will stay pretty much constant, but when transferring a whole bunch of small files of varying sizes, the speed will be all over the place.

Degree of fragmentation of the storage device is also a relevant factor, as mentioned by previous poster.

Phillip - I connect a USB 3.0 HD to one 3.0 port, a USB 3.0 thumb drive to the 2nd 3.0 port, and select ONE file to copy HD-to-thumb - and the speed immediately drops to under 10MB/sec. If I'm copying 3.0 to 3.0 device - why is it exactly as slow as plugging in a 2.0 thumb drive to receive the data? I have seen data xfer at 80MB/sec - once or twice in other copies - and in this case the HD is a 1TB backup onto which I had initially copied all the data from a 500MB drive and have only copied a score of new files to it since that initial backup. (The current problem - from HD to essentially empty thumb - would seem to eliminate the fragmentation issue too). Stymied!!!! When I first encountered this problem, I searched online for hours and finally found a reference to a setting which - by default - turns off 3.0 speed (I'm paraphrasing badly) for other efficiency gains, with details as to how to locate that on the computer and turn 3.0 on. I did that, briefly in a few instances saw 80MB/sec speeds... and now once again it's a dog - and I cannot relocate the switch or the info (it comes up in a nice requester stating what the on/off setting provides and allows me to activate 3.0). Thanks for reading & helping!

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rgd1101 said:
Your laptop have a slow 5400rpm HDD. It might be depend on if the data on your HDD is continues or fragmented


These ridiculously slow speeds occur even if (as I just answered Phillip) I'm copying 3.0 to 3.0 devices plugged into the 3.0 ports w/o any data coming from the internal HD. Sigh.
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