Linux forum

General discussion

USB2 External hard drive transfer speed

by dgl118 / April 5, 2005 3:45 AM PDT


I hooked up an external USB drive to my linux machine today, using kernel 2.4.29, and modprobed usb-storage. I'm able to transfer files to/from the drive just fine, but only at 14mb/sec per `hdparm -t /dev/sda1`. Is this normal for an external hard drive, or does this seem a bit slow? Now, this is a remarkable improvement from the USB 1 transfer rates that were in the 800kb/sec range, but is there room for improvement? I know that one could use hdparm to tweak some of the settings, but I was curious if I'm already squeezing out as much speed as I can.


Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: USB2 External hard drive transfer speed
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: USB2 External hard drive transfer speed
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!