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Old 09-05-2018, 04:28 PM   #1
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I have a new 249GB Fat32 flash drive and I used it on XP and w10 and both times I tried to transfer 103GB files to it. But on either OS, it's extremely slow. Using either explorer or teracopy, both say it'll take anything from about 3 hours to about 149 days but it changes.

I'm patient and waited three days and finally XP claimed it had finished. But when I took the drive to w10, only the original files I first managed to copy, were on it, (about 5.43GB worth). I just tried again on w10 and this time nothing else copied. Except for the extreme slowness, it looks as if teracopy is working normally. There are no error messages so what could be going on?
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Old 09-05-2018, 10:23 PM   #2
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Where did you buy the flash drive?
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Old 09-06-2018, 03:05 AM   #3
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hi, from a reputable online site. Why?
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Old 09-06-2018, 07:26 AM   #4
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What connection are you using?

USB 2.0 is pretty slow and you also have to take into account the quality of your drive. For me, transfer rates rarely go above 6MB/s, and that's for large files. If there are lots of smalls files, I get about 1MB/s.

You'd be better off using an external HDD. I usually get 30MB/s using USB 2.0.
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Agreed if itís a Win XP era device itíll probably be a maximum of USB2.0 or more likely USB1.1!

Could you transfer the files over the network if both devices are located locally?
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:13 AM   #6
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Hi thanks for replying.

AMD man: Not sure what the connection is. I know the XP comp was built as such so I guess it's the lowest one, 1.0? And the w10 is refurbished and sold as w10 but I use to run w7 on it.

Xinam: Would you mind explaining how to transfer over network. I've never did it before. Yes both comps are near each other.
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https://www.howtogeek.com/166407/how...rby-computers/

The Internet is full of guides like that one. Use Google to find another one if you think that one is not appropriate.
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Easiest would be to drag files into a shared folder on the XP machine, then find that folder on the network on the 10 machine. Transfers could still take a while, depending on the network environment.

Agree with AMD_man, find an easy to follow guide on the internet if youíre unsure of what to do.
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Ok thanks, will try the link and the net for info
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I just had a quick look and most of the info I've read so far describes only how to transfer files from one computer to another. The thing is, I'd really prefer it on the flash drive. Any ideas?
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There is no magical way to get the files in the flash drive. What's the model and make of the drive? What kind of interfaces do you have available in your computer? Could you please include links of the websites with the specifications for your hardware?

The only way to get them in a flash drive quick is using USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 interfaces, cables and drives. That would mean getting a new computer (or a PCI USB 3.0/3.1 adapter), a new flash drive, both or neither, depending on your current situation.
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If youíre desperate to get the files onto the flash drive, transfer it over the network to the windows 10 machine and from there put them on the flash drive. It will save you a lot of time. Legacy hardware just isnít good at handling large file transfers very quickly.
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I'm not sure transferring the files over the network as suggested would be any faster, I doubt the XP machine has a gigabit network card, most likely has a 10/100.
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Yes, that's why it would be nice to know the specs.

@OP: Try this app to get meaningful specs: https://www.ccleaner.com/speccy

It's easy to use and it can generate a report of your current hardware and software in text format that you can then paste here.
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Yes, we need details!
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I have a new 249GB Fat32 flash drive and I used it on XP and w10 and both times I tried to transfer 103GB files to it.
I'm willing to bet money your issue is (partly) due to the partition type. FAT32 cannot allocate space for any single file larger than 4GB. If you have any, those won't be copied (so XP says all is good and it's technically correct... larger files get skipped).

Driver updates and port speeds aside, your partition type is a contributing factor. Try formatting to NTFS and using the fastest ports on each PC.
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hi, from a reputable online site. Why?
Several years ago when they first came out I ordered a 256 gigabyte flash drive from China at a very low price. The drive would report it was 256 gigabyte but I couldn't transfer more than about 10 gig to it.
There were several other people who reported the same thing on the sellers sitr so apparently the sellers had managed to alter the size reported.

Tried to reformat the drive and that ended that. Drive became useless.
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I tried on w10 and it was still slow

---------- Post added at 10:16 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:13 PM ----------

Thanks for Speccy. I've attached an image. Not sure if it'll work, it's not showing in preview post
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Don't attach an image. Generate a report in both computers and paste it here.
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Have you tried doing the network copy as @Xinam suggested?
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