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USB 2.0 transfer rate horribly slow

by dmfavata / September 12, 2010 8:30 AM PDT

Hi. I have an hp HDX16-1370us and when I try to copy things to and from my internal drive to a flash drive or external hard drive it takes forever. Some times it will take about an hour to transfer a gigabyte and other times it will take a minute or so. I am currently running windows 7 and ubuntu. The transfer speeds in ubuntu are excellent and I have never had a problem. I have tried new drives, different usb ports, updating drivers, reformatting drives but nothing seems to work. I think it may be when I upgraded from vista to 7 because in the month or so that i used vista everything worked fine. Is there anything i can do?

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Did you?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 12, 2010 8:43 AM PDT

Head to HP.COM and the drivers for this machine to see if there were bios updates and drivers for Windows 7? I'm finding folk still learning that Windows (even 7) does not do this for us.

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driver update
by dmfavata / September 12, 2010 9:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Did you?

I have all the latest drivers and bios firmware for windows 7 it didn't change anything.

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Tell the forum
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 12, 2010 9:11 AM PDT
In reply to: driver update

How you know this. Many use that driver update button in Windows. That is not reliable. Please be detailed in your replies to save extra steps.

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by sarveshmotihari / September 13, 2010 3:53 AM PDT
In reply to: driver update

Hy! Had You defraggmented your drive?

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by dmfavata / September 13, 2010 6:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Drive

Every month I update my drivers directly from and I just defragged my hd now and it didn't do anything.

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The details are still missing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 13, 2010 10:00 AM PDT
In reply to: drive

I can't tell if some step looks wrong.

Last idea? Look at the SMART report on that drive.

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by dmfavata / September 13, 2010 11:55 AM PDT

What details do you mean and want and the smart doesnt say anything but "enabled"

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Details such as.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 13, 2010 1:46 PM PDT
In reply to: details

1. Installed Windows 7 Pro.
2. Installed the Activator software.
3. Installed the chipset driver version 4.92102 from
and so on for the usual 20 steps.

Your choice on that but something seems odd here.

As to SMART you want to get at the full SMART report. Example at

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by sarveshmotihari / September 13, 2010 4:03 PM PDT
In reply to: drive

Your Windows 7 is Affected with virus which is slowing down the transfer speed. I don't think there is any hardware problem As it is working fine in Ubuntu.

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USB - Win 7 slow transfer rate
by davey2bit / January 30, 2011 10:52 PM PST

Hey all, I have the same problem. Have Asus G60JX Laptop and usb transfer rates are at 11MB/s. I installed all new drivers and flashed my Bios - Same.
I found article from MS KB976972 update, installed and it helped (same files now 19MB/s). So I know its a windows 7 problem. My win XPSP2 laptop with same files getting 32MB/s transfer rates. Has anyone found anything that can boost up Win 7 yet. Thanks.....

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To answer your question...
by WarrenDecker / May 27, 2011 11:53 AM PDT

USB 2.0 transactions/communication is a "Software Based" transaction which partly explains why you have different transfer rates between different Operating Systems.

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Wow! What a totally irrelevant topic!
by LucJPatenaude / May 27, 2011 7:59 PM PDT

Just wait that Microsoft gets around this minor problem and, by SP2 for Win. 7 will probably get your precious 32Mb/s transfer rate. Besides, by that time, the bus speeds of the newer machines will be so enormous that, Win 7 will become a joke to process.

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