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    Default Copying files from laptop to external drive take so long

    Hi,

    Recently, I have an issue to copy files from my laptop to external drive because they took long time (more than one day).

    My external drive is WD (500 GB) and it still have enough space. I bought it more than five years ago.

    Can someone explain to me why it takes so long to copy files to external drive?

    Regards,

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    Default Re: Copying files from laptop to external drive take so long

    Time can depend on many things, the type of Connection, Eg: USB 1, 2 or 3. USB 1 will be noticeably slower than 3.

    The size of files large amounts take a longer time. Meaning if you are copying 1TB of multiple files its often quicker to do them in smaller amounts. The Specs of the computer as well. If you have a SSD drive ( main PC) then it will transfer faster than a mechanical drive.

    Type of drive - WD Green which is slow will take longer than a WD Black.

    Bit more info on what you are copying from - to would be more of accurate an answer.

    I imaged (backed up) my Media Computer on Friday, took just over 4 hours to image 200GB over the LAN to a Workshop Server. So it all depends on how things are setup. Just about to image this Now, (been a while) 156GB
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    Default Re: Copying files from laptop to external drive take so long

    Hi,

    Thank you Wainutech.

    Total files to be copied about 60 GB and consisted of docs, pictures and videos. My WD drive is blue colour.

    Regards

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    Default Re: Copying files from laptop to external drive take so long

    It can be a sign of a failing drive too. Seems rather a long time to me.
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    Default Re: Copying files from laptop to external drive take so long

    What type of USB is it? If it's USB 2 it can take an age. If USB 3 it should be relatively quick.

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    Default Re: Copying files from laptop to external drive take so long

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    What type of USB is it? If it's USB 2 it can take an age. If USB 3 it should be relatively quick.
    I have USB2. My MB is 10 years old now (actually haven't had to change battery yet...)
    Anyway. Copied over my entire Movies collection not long ago, more than 60GB. It didn't take an age....
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    Default Re: Copying files from laptop to external drive take so long

    Chances are it's USB 2.0 but check if the USB port you are using is not USB 1.0 (some devices have these for mouse)

    Have several HP Pocket drives (USB 2.0) which can be slow but plugged into USB 3.0 will run 2x faster

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    Default Re: Copying files from laptop to external drive take so long

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    It can be a sign of a failing drive too. Seems rather a long time to me.
    yep, most likely a failing hard drive.
    even USB1 doesnt take all day for 60Gb
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    Default Re: Copying files from laptop to external drive take so long

    Hi,

    Thank you for all answers provided.

    Regards,

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