Slow hard drive transfer rates

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by arson_nick, Jul 30, 2002.

  1. arson_nick

    arson_nick OSNN Addict

    I have two Maxtor 40GB drives, one as primary master, the other as secondary master. I back up all my music files from the main drive to the second one, but I've been getting transfer rates of only 1 MB/sec (45 minutes for 3GB). The drives are ATA 100; 7200 rpm. Why so slow?
  2. koko

    koko Got Root?

    Columbia, S.C.
    just wondering why you didn't daisy chain your hdds; i.e., one as master, one as slave.

    that's my setup and i get excellent preformance.
  3. Jz1397-5

    Jz1397-5 XP Bad Ass

    Philadelphia PA
    that is extremely slow, i would think there is a connection problem there, mine are on IDE0, and they transfer 60GB back and forth in around 30-40 min.
  4. boolseye

    boolseye Guest

    First make sure your bios is set up properly. I would set everything at auto if possible (With relation to the drive setups) Alternatively make sure LBA is enabled & make sure you are set up in Mode 4. Your idea of using seperate busses is a good one but you do not mention if there are other drives such as CDRom or DVD hooked up with them on the bus. If no, then you should get maximum throughput on IDE 0 & IDE 1. I run (usually) 6 drives in my system and even on my External ACOM I get much higher speeds than you are getting. The type of files you are trying to transfer also make a big difference. If you transfer a lot I would recommend you get a shareware utility called "PC Opus" in my humble opinion it is possibly the best file transfer utility ever written. It also does a variety of othe tasks as well. Just type PC Opus into google & you will find sites where it is available. You might also want to try setting your Bios to Optimal or Default & see if that helps. One other item that has the ability to slow down transfer rates is Viruses. I would Recommend Norton 2002 You can download a free 30 day trial at if you don't already have it.

    Best of Luck to you!

    My System:
    SuperCase Full Tower
    4 each 80 Gig Maxtor 7200 RPM ATA133 Drives (320 Gig Raid Array)
    1 each 80 Gig Maxtor 7200 RPM Boot Drive
    1 Each ACOM External (For File Transfer & Backup) 60 Gig (USB 2 & Firewire Connect)
    3 each 512Meg Hynix PC2700 DDR 333 Ram (1.5 Gig)
    ABIT AT7 Max Motherboard
    SounBlaster Audigy Platinum
    A+ GPB 500 Watt Power Supply
    ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500DV 64 Meg
    JVC SVHS HR-S5400U For Video Editing
    AMD XP2000+ Processor W/PentAlpha APSK0169B Heatsink & Fan
    2 each-SNT Hot-Swap Mobile Racks
    Plextor 40/12/40A CDRW
    Sony 16X DVD
    KDS Avitron 19" True Flat Monitor
    Olympus D-40 Zoom 4 Megapixel Digital Camera
    HP-1200 LaserJet Printer
    Epson Stylus PHOTO 785EPX Color InkJet Printer 2880 DPI
    PrimaScan 2400U USB Scanner
    Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse
    Lite-On Surfboard Wireless Keyboard
    WindowsXP Professional
  5. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

    Also, run a defrag program and if you have an intel based chipset mobo (i.e., 840, 845), download and install the Intel Application Accelerator - really improves hd performance if installed properly.