usb disc drive problem

Dell / Dimension l800
December 28, 2009 at 01:51:15
Specs: Windows XP, 2gb

My daughter has downloaded all her college work (40gb) onto a Maxtor 6y080l0 usb drive. Speed of writing to disc approx 300mb/min. Have been trying to download files onto her machine and seem to get a speed of 1mb/min, at that rate will need 4weeks to download disc. Disc takes a long time to be recognised , but shows up eventually, used dos to get some files, windows explorer hangs if trying tocopy.
Has anyone any suggestions for the reason for such a slow download speed?

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December 28, 2009 at 04:46:00
What do you mean by "download?" Are you copying data from the external disk to the local disk?


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December 28, 2009 at 05:44:45
yes, moving files back from the external disc to a laptop

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December 28, 2009 at 06:16:57
Sounds like the external drive is dieing.

Do you currently have access to the drive? You may be able to remove the drive from the enclosure and connect it internally to a desktop computer. There are two types of disks that could be inside the enclosure. IDE ATA or SATA. If the drive is SATA the connections will be the same as internal SATA connections on a modern desktop. If IDE ATA you will need an adapter to connect the drive internally. Adapters should be available at a computer shop.

BTW, good computing practices dictate keeping backups of any data you wish to retain. Your daughter has found out why.

The external would be OK if the data was also on the internal laptop drive. Or better yet burn the data to optical disks.


I looked up the specs of the USB drive. The interface type is IDE ATA type so an adapter would be needed.

Has the drive been tested on a different computer? The slow transfer rate may be the fault of the laptop, not the external drive.

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December 28, 2009 at 06:25:52
thanks,i thought about connecting as an extra internal drive, same problem exists when connecting to different machines. I can copy files from my laptop to the external drive at high speeds so would have thought that if the usb disc drive was playing up I wouldn't be able to do this.
At the moment it is my xmas project!!!
Also why does windows explorer lock when trying to copy files ?

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December 28, 2009 at 06:33:49
So you are stating that you can copy files TO the external at good speeds but can't copy FROM the external at good speeds?

Does that hold true even with a file you just copied to the external?

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December 28, 2009 at 06:54:03
yes to both questions, thats why i am confused

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December 28, 2009 at 07:12:25
In that case I would suspect the circuitry of the USB enclosure or the USB cable itself.

Go to the link below. Determine which drive you actually have and look for help there.

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December 28, 2009 at 07:26:05
thanks for that, have nothing to lose, here in the UK, a new caddy is about £5

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December 28, 2009 at 07:41:41
Check out the link first, before doing anything else.

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