Should it take 50 minutes to copy 1.5GB to a USB2 memory stick?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Mark C, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. Mark C

    Mark C Guest

    Should it take 50 minutes to copy 1.5GB to a USB2 memory stick?

    The DSE site says the stick is USB2.0.
    My USB external HDD can read @ ~28Mbyte/s thru the same USB ports.
    (Edit: USB HDD was turned off at the time, I was copying from the
    internal IDE drive.)

    The file copy starts off with a ~4min estimate, and then blows out
    to 50min, oscillating about.

    Performance monitor showed a steady baseline write speed of
    200KBytes/s, peaking to 800KBytes/s sometimes and 6MBytes/s
    rarely. A disk test utility showed it can be read from @

    Windows 2000 Server SP4, patched.

    Oh well...

    Mark C, Mar 19, 2008
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  2. Depends on the stick. They aren't all the same, and writing speeds can vary
    a lot.
    I suppose it's worth trying another system, just for comparison.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Mar 19, 2008
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  3. Do not run speed test tools on Flash drives as you can easly kill them, ie ware them out.

    Do you no the Rated speed R/W of the Flash drive, most of these Cheap or no brand ones are very

    Toms Hardware had one that was only 2MBytes write.
    Brian Mathews, Mar 19, 2008
  4. Mark C

    thingy Guest

    can win2k handle usb2 properly? DSE stuff is some times really
    crappy....I have an 8gb a-data ps2, will try and find 1.5gb to
    copy....Ive been meaning to try it as I suspect the docking station usb
    ports has issues...


    thingy, Mar 19, 2008
  5. Mark C

    thingy Guest

    What is happening on the server? I just moved a 3.6Gb iso image to an
    a-data my-flash PD2 8GB drive in 22mins....this is on a laptop so the hd
    is'nt the it should take about 10mins for 1.5Gb....

    What I did notice was if I tried to do anything on my desktop (web
    browsing, docs etc) while transferring the time estimate went up if your server is busy doing things it may not be the drives fault.


    thingy, Mar 19, 2008
  6. Mark C

    thingy Guest

    I just checked between a usb2 port on the laptop and a usb2 port on the
    docking station and the estimated time is the docking station
    port seems OK.


    thingy, Mar 19, 2008
  7. Hi there,

    Is it one large file or hundreds/thousands of small ones?

    I did the exercise of moving multiple GB's of stuff from
    a desktop PC to my laptop via my 40GB camcorder over usb2.
    Copying the files individually (over 100,000) took ages,
    but another copy I did I zipped them all first - using just
    one (big) zip took probably only a quarter as long to copy
    but the zipping process added most of the time saved back
    on... :)

    Kind regards,

    Chris Wilkinson, Brisbane, Australia.
    "Maybe politicians should ask the people whether
    or not they wanted all these wars"...
    Chris Wilkinson, Mar 19, 2008
  8. Mark C

    Mark C Guest

    I just tested an older DSE 128MB stick, and could copy the same files
    to it @ 1MBytes/s to 7MBytes/s averaging 4MBytes/s, much faster than
    the 2GB stick (which averaged 400KBytes/s)

    When mounting the 2GB stick, it declared itself to be a hard-disk
    drive: DSE site says: "utilizes an OTi-2168 USB2.0 mass storage class
    controller. This RISC processor based controller makes linear flash
    device arrays look likes a normal disk".
    Perhaps that's getting in the way, or W2K does not like that style of

    I'll get my friend to test it on their system.

    Noted, thanks.
    No I don't, it just says USB 2.0 Hi-Speed on the DSE website.

    (See above) it has handled it OK so far, fast on my USB external HDD.
    I believe W2K is fully functional re USB2.
    I can believe that!
    The server was idle, and had heaps of free memory (~600MB).

    About 200 ~8MB (MP3) files.

    Thanks to all.
    Mark C, Mar 20, 2008

  9. USB is a CPU Hog...
    Brian Mathews, Mar 20, 2008
  10. Mark C

    Dave Doe Guest

    Yeah, but does your *computer* support USB2. I suspect it is USB 1 or
    1.1 only.

    Control Panel, System, Hardware, Devices - expand the USB controllers -
    and if you don't see the word "enhanced" - you don't have USB2.
    Dave Doe, Mar 20, 2008
  11. Mark C

    Dave Doe Guest


    Apologies, didn't read very well did I - it sure sounds like you have
    USB2 on your PC from your USB HDD speeds.

    That said, you still need to ensure that the DSE stick you bought is
    plugged into a USB2 port - ie, is it possible you have USB 1 and 2 ports
    in your computer? Did you put an addon USB card in?
    Dave Doe, Mar 20, 2008
  12. Mark C

    ~misfit~ Guest

    Somewhere on teh intarweb "Mark C" typed:
    If you're copying off a data-only drive it'll not take so long. Ditto if you
    walk away and don't access the HDD. Any other HDD access while the transfer
    is taking place will increase it substantially. Maybe it's the media having
    an influence on the speed too. Hang on....

    Copied a 1.4GB folder consisting of around 120 files, mainly .rar from a
    data disk on this machine (XP Pro) to an Imation 2GB USB2 stick while
    continuing to read groups and it took ~6 minutes. It is my experience that
    the number of files greatly influences the transfer time. If it'd been 1K
    files I would have expected 15 minutes+. I'll copy the same file to my OS
    HDD and re-try the experiment....

    Copying from the OS partition/HDD while reading NGs and browsing only took a
    minute or so longer. Then again, I have 7,200rpm/16MB cache SATA II drives
    with NCQ enabled.

    I guess it takes as long as it takes. <shrug>
    ~misfit~, Mar 20, 2008
  13. Mark C

    thingy Guest

    I was running task manger and looking for that, didnt get past 5~10%....

    Tomshardware? also commented that not all USB chipsets are as good as
    one another once you have more than one devise transferring on the same
    bus....poor USB chipsets bottleneck, apparently Intel's are some of the
    best for multiple i/o.


    thingy, Mar 20, 2008
  14. Mark C

    Mark C Guest

    I wondered about that, especially since the Device Manager mentioned
    a separate "USB Hub" and "USB 2.0 Hub".
    But moving it to the rear ports the HDD was on didn't help, and
    testing the original port with another stick showed 10.5MBytes/s
    reading, which can only be USB2.
    Mark C, Mar 20, 2008
  15. Mark C

    J Brockley Guest

    Its probably simply the price you paid for the USB stick. Write performance
    varies greatly and this is why you can pay significantly different prices
    for the same capacity even from the same manufacturer. Kingston for example
    does the same capacity from cheap to expensive and the difference is down to
    read/write performance.
    J Brockley, Mar 20, 2008
  16. Mark C

    Cima Guest

    So the cheap one isn't "crap" then?
    Cima, Apr 8, 2008
  17. Again, he's trying to relate price to quality by assumption. Again, we know
    this is so often, not so these days. :)
    Bruce Sinclair, Apr 9, 2008
  18. Did you try sector-level transfers, to take the filesystem out of the
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Apr 9, 2008
  19. You haven't any idea what I'm talking about, have you?
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Apr 9, 2008
  20. Mark C

    J Brockley Guest

    I think he did, just didn't care.
    J Brockley, Apr 9, 2008
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