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What is the fastest hard drive in the world?

How to Increase Transfer Speed of External Hard Drive

4 Solutions to Increase Transfer Speed of External Hard Drive

Is the external hard drive transfer speed slow? You can learn how to increase the transfer speed of external hard drive with these solutions below:

Workable SolutionsStep-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Convert FAT32 to NTFSInstall and launch EaseUS Partition Master on your computer. Select a FAT32 partition. Full steps
Fix 2. Change Default SettingsOpen «Windows File Explorer» and locate your external hard drive. Full steps
Fix 3. Clean Up Junk FilesDownload EaseUS CleanGenius for free and install it on your computer. Full steps
Fix 4. Replace the old HDDOpen EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click the disk that you want to copy or clone. Full steps

Problem — How to Increase the Transfer Speed External Hard

«I have a backup that is 140GB. I have an external hard drive that I am trying to copy to (on a USB 3.0 port). The external hard drive is a WD My Passport Ultra. It’s saying it will take 2 hours+.

  1. What am I doing wrong?
  2. Why is it taking so long?
  3. How can I speed up?»

Your external USB hard drive works slowly than ever before, especially when your copy or transfer files. How to increase the transfer speed of external hard drive or improve the hard drive transfer speed in Windows 10/8/7? You can try some useful information provided in the previous articles shown below to copy files faster to an external hard drive:

  • How to solve the problem of hard drive very slow suddenly
  • How to fix a slow WD external hard drive without losing data

Or try the new solutions presented in this article:

Fix 1. Convert FAT32 to NTFS to Make External Hard Drive Faster

The file system of an external USB hard disk drive will significantly affect the file transfer speed. Compared FAT32 with NTFS, it seems that storage devices with NTFS work faster and more efficiently for file copy and file transfer. To convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing data, download EaseUS Partition Master and follow the steps below to change your FAT32 partition to NTFS.

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Step 1. Install and launch EaseUS Partition Master on your computer.

Step 2. On Partition Manager, right-click on a FAT32 partition and click «Advanced», select «NTFS to FAT».

convert FAT32 to NTFS

Step 3. Click «Proceed» on the pop-up dialog box to continue.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

Step 4. Click «Apply» to start the converting process. Wait until the operation process is finished.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

Fix 2. Change Default Hardware Settings for Better Performance

Aside from changing the file system that could help accelerate the transfer speed of an external storage device, you can also try to modify the default hardware settings on your Windows computer.

Step 1. Open «Windows File Explorer» and locate your external hard drive. Right-click the external drive icon and choose «Properties» from the drop-down menu.

Step 2. Choose the «Hardware» tab, which will display the list of all disks mounted on the particular computer. Select the desired disk you want to improve its transfer performance and click «Properties» at the bottom of the window.

Step 3. In the device properties window select «Change settings».

Step 4. A disk window will pop up. Click the «Policies» tab and select «Optimize for performance».

Step 5. Be alert. You must disconnect the device safely. Right-click the tray icon and click «Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device».

change default hardware settings to increase transfer speed of external hard drive

Fix 3. Clean Up External Hard Drive Junk Files to Speed Up the Drive

The transfer speed could be slow if there are many junk files on the external hard drive. To improve the transfer speed of the external hard drive, you need to clean up junk files. You can use a free tool — EaseUS can clean up large files easily and quickly.

Step 1. DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS Partition Master Suite for free and launch it on your Windows PC.

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On the suite, hover your mouse on «PC Cleaner», click the Download icon to install and launch EaseUS CleanGenius.

Launch EaseUS Clean Genius

Step 2. On EaseUS CleanGenius, select «Cleanup» on the main screen, and click «Scan» to start scanning.

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Step 3. When the scanning process completes, select useless large files and click «Clean» to clean large files.

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Step 4. When EaseUS CleanGenius completes cleaning the files you choose, click «Done» to finish the process.

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Fix 4. Replace the Old External Hard Drive With a New One

If the hard drive is old, the transfer speed could also be slow. Therefore, you can replace the old hard drive with a new one. If you want to keep the data, you can clone the hard drive with EaseUS Partition Master. Follow the steps below to replace your external hard drive:

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Step 1. Select the source disk.

  • Click the «Clone» from the left menu. Select the «Clone OS Disk» or «Clone Data Disk» and click «Next».
  • Choose the source disk and click «Next».

Step 2. Select the target disk.

  • Choose the wanted HDD/SSD as your destination and click «Next» to continue.
  • Read Warning message and confirm «Yes» button.

Step 3. View the disk layout and edit the target disk partition size.

Then click «Continue» when the program warns it will wipe out all data on the target disk. (If you have valuable data on the target disk, back up it in advance.)

You can select «Autofit the disk», «Clone as the source» or «Edit disk layout» to customize your disk layout. (Select the last one if you want to leave more space for C drive.)

Step 4. Click «Start» to start the disk cloning process.


The transfer speed can vary a lot depending on the drive model, file system, and more. These solutions can solve most of the slow transfer speed error. If you still have a problem, you can contact us to get additional help. By the way, EaseUS Partition Master can help you resize a partition and partition a hard drive to manage the disk in a better way. Here’s an example of partitioning a hard drive on Windows 10.

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How to Transfer Files from PC to External Hard Drive Faster FAQs

Here are some related questions on how to transfer files from pc to external hard drive faster, you can read on if you are interested in them.

How to transfer files from pc to flash drive faster?

To speed up the USB transfer:

  1. 1. Connect the USB to Rear Port
  2. 2. Update USB/Chipset Drivers
  3. 3. Enable USB 3.0 Port
  4. 4. Optimize the Performance
  5. 5. Convert FAT32 to NTFS
  6. 6. Format USB

Outdated drivers will slow your computer. EaseUS DriverHandy can help you update your USB driver to speed up the USB transfer. You can update the drivers with one simple click. Download it to try.

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How long does it take to copy 1TB data over USB 3.0

Around 4.9 hours. For USB 3.0, the maximum if 5GB/s, translating to 625MB/s. So assuming 1TB is, as usual, 1024GB (1048576 MB). It would take 1048576/60=17476.2666667 seconds, or 291.271111111 minutes, around 4.9 hours.

How to speed up file transfer?

Here’s how to speed it up:

  • Check the HDD and external media for corruption
  • Disable the Auto-tuning feature
  • Turn Off RDC
  • Use a different USB port
  • Check USB drivers
  • Disable Drive Indexing
  • Disable the antivirus
  • Use the Disk Cleanup utility

Somehow the world’s fastest hard drive can now rival SSD speeds

Seagate has created a HDD with transfer speeds to rival SATA-based solid state drives.

Seagate Exos 2X14 Mach.2 hard drive

(Image credit: Seagate)

Seagate has unveiled the fastest hard drive known to man, a 14TB behemoth of spinning platters that can rival some SSDs in the raw transfer speed race. Before you Chia pets (opens in new tab) get too excited about the possibility of making your crypto fortune off the back of a ludicrously speedy new hard drive, the new Seagate Mach.2 Exos 2X14 (opens in new tab) (PDF warning, via Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) ) is only getting close to the sustained transfer speeds of SATA based SSDs, and mainstream ones at that.

But still, the fact that Seagate’s dual-actuator tech is able to be mentioned in the same breath as a solid state drive just highlights how effective it is. Maybe the consoles moved onto SSDs a generation too early? Haha, silly consoles.

As the 14TB capacity might have hinted at, the new hard drive is aimed squarely at the datacentre crowd and certainly isn’t something you can just pop into Micro Center and pick up on a whim. But hey, it’s still the fastest hard drive in the world and that’s got to count for something, right?

It also won’t plug into most of our gaming PCs as it relies on the SAS 12Gbps interface rather than the standard SATA 6Gbps you’ll find on most motherboards. But Seagate’s promised 524MB/s maximum sustained transfer rate is mighty close to the 550MB/s speeds of SATA SSDs you can plumb into your gaming board.

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That is just the max transfer speed, however, which is great for general storage requirements but it’s the random read/write performance of modern SSDs—even slow SATA-based ones—that makes them feel so slick when you’re running an operating system or even a game from one. And in that no hard drive is ever going to be able to compare.

So how the hell has Seagate managed to squeeze out this level of performance from a physical set of spinning platters? It’s not the helium filled chamber, but the fact that the Mach.2 technology describes a drive with twin actuator arms capable of operating independently.

Think about the arm on a record player (see, we are talking about real old tech here), and imagine how quickly you could switch between tracks on a vinyl recording if you had more than one. It’s kinda of like that. Only different. And quicker.

While this is not exactly going to change the world of gaming PCs, it’s still fascinating to see there is still a place for genuine innovation in one of the oldest technologies in computing.

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