USB stick laptop transfer speed Win7 (fast) Vs Win81 (slow)

August 7, 2014 at 18:22:40
Specs: Windows 8 64 bit, i3-2 core 2.13ghz, 4 g ram
Several identical USB sticks run at +/_ 2 m/sec on all USB ports on one Win8 laptop but will run +/- 25 m/sec on all USB port on another Win7 laptop.
Sometimes transfer speed will drop to 0 m/sec, requiring a "cancel operation" and retry.
All ideas I have found from reading "USB stick speed" posts here have been tried.
Recent re & re including a fresh win install.
All latest, original and beta drivers (windows and manufacturer) have been tried,
All USB devices have been removed during file transfers.
AV software was stopped/paused.
No less than 6 av programs used to scan system. 100% clean.
Tried both quick removal and better performance.
Reformatted each stick to fat 16, fat 32 and ntfs.
Other ideas tried,
playing with firewall settings,
monitoring ram, cpu and disk usage during transfer. (all down around 2-5%)
Clean boot.
Minor BIOS adjustments.
Added extra ram (+4gig = 8gig)

Specs: Slow transfer system Intel i3 dual core cpu. 2.13 ghz, 4 gigs ram, 250 g HD, 64 bit win8
Fast transfer system Intel i7 quad core cpu, 2.00 ghz, 8 gigs ram, 500 g HD 64 bit win7
Both systems have 1/2 full HDs and a 4 gig ReadyBoost (needed or not) and almost identical list of programs installed/running. The i7 quad core is used for gaming, the i3 for internet, photo shop, videos,audio and all DLing
Additional note,
occasionally during disk activity such as video playback and web search page loading (no to/from USB transfer) the whole system except for audio will seize up for up to 2 minutes then resume normally.

Any helpful ideas? I am completely frustrated with this issue, it's quicker to pull the win8 disk, plug it into an enclosure plugged into the win7 system to transfer files larger than 1 gig.


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#1
August 7, 2014 at 20:44:37
I found the following on-line...see if it helps you:
here's the way to get around that HUGE bottle-neck:

In Device Manager, right-click the USB drive in Disk drives folder, then select Properties, switch to Policies tab, and choose Optimize for performance. Click OK to keep it.

NOTE: If you use this method, make SURE you use the usb removal tool that pops up in your system tray when you first plugged in the device (system tray is the little area near your clock on the task bar)


After performing this fix for myself, my transfer rate on a cheapo cruizer micro went from 4.5 - 5mb/s to 20 - 30mb/s on small files, and average of 10 - 15mb/s on huge file transfers

This is because this method utilizes windows write-behind system of file management.

EDIT: I just tried this myself and it actually worked GREAT!

HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions

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#2
August 7, 2014 at 21:26:20
I tried the above on both my win 7 and win 8.1 PC's and the speed stayed steady on both

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#3
August 7, 2014 at 21:48:03
Hey, Thanks for this.
I tried this a while back and it fixed the speeds on the i7 win7 laptop now the "fast transfer system" but did nothing for speed on the i3 laptop win8 "slow transfer system".
BTW, the same sticks were used on a P4 3.0g win xp with decent speeds and the i3 win8 used to be i3 win7. So as soon as I went to win8 my speeds dropped to 2-3 m/sec and sometimes 0 m/sec.
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