Moving files within network drive is very slow

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November 14, 2014 at 06:30:12
Specs: Windows 8 64Bit, i7 , 4GB
I am trying to move a large number of video files with in the network drive itself (ie. from one folder to another) but it is taking a very long time. I am connected to the drive directly and it is transferring at arounf 10mb/s.

Am I right in thinking this is for some reason going through the network and if so I do I stop it form doing that?

I hope this makes sense and thanks for your advice in advanced.


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#1
November 14, 2014 at 08:25:23
No, it's not using using the network to move files within the local hard drive on the server.

The drive in question may be heavily fragmented or it may even be starting to fail.


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#2
November 14, 2014 at 08:28:53
If you're connected to the drive directly (IE. USB), then you not going through a network. Please describe your setup and devices, IE. is this a small home network, large company network, what kind of router/switch are you using, is your drive a network connected drive or connected to your computer via a USB cable, etc?

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#3
November 15, 2014 at 00:40:35
With a network drive the files will indeed be transferred over the network (twice, hence the slow speed). What sort of drive is it - a NAS box or a drive on another computer? It would be quicker, if possible, to do the transfer directly on the machine that hosts the drive.

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#4
November 16, 2014 at 08:38:12
Yeah I guessed the files is actually going through the computer and back to the drive again. It is called mybookworld made by western digital. I am currently connecting to it directly through an ethernet cable.

Is there anyway to manipulate the files at normal speed without plugging it into a computer first?


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#5
November 16, 2014 at 13:12:22
From a quick look at the manual it doesn't appear to be possible to manipulate files directly on the device. The best you can do is to ensure that the network is working at the fastest possible speed. I assume that you have a gigabit ethernet adapter on your computer, but are you using a gigabit switch (or if you are using just the router, are its ports gigabit)? Another thing you can change is to enable jumbo frames on both the device and your computer. These two can make a huge difference in transfer speeds.

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#6
November 16, 2014 at 13:34:35
Thanks for looking into it for me. Like I said previously, I am connecting DIRECTLY with the network drive. The cable is going from my PC to the device so the switch is not a factor.

I will have a look at enabling jumbo frames presumably they are under device settings in Windows.


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#7
November 17, 2014 at 02:30:49
Yes - advanced properties for network card and advanced network properties on the web interface of the disk device.

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