I've got a 250GB LaCie external hard drive.. but it's so slow!
I've measuring the speed by transferring several larger files, and the speed is about 310 kb/s. The specifications of the HD and USB says it should go at least 10 times as fast as it does.
Oh, and the USB wire is fairly short, about 20 cm. And I'm using USB2. So what's "delaying" it? Can I get the speed up somehow? Is this a normal speed?
Try defragmenting it. Your files may be scattered all over the place...
Uh, well, it was this slow already when it was empty..
Scan your OS because if you have a virus, it can slow down your hard drive, more if it is a USB one.
Check bios settings , maybe usb 2.0 mode is turned off and is operating at usb 1.1. speed
Maybe your bus is corrupted, try resetting the menu through alt+crt/lcd.
I'm not sure I did this stuff in Grade 3 so... y'know.
I've seen this million time especially with intel chipsets that USB2.0 not functioning so you're actually using USB 1.1
If you're using WinXP when you plugin does it give you a bubble says you can perform faster with 2.0? if it does oh yea that's not fun
out of 110 IBM ThinkPad T42 2373-6vu so far I witnessed about at least 20 that their USB 2.0 not working properly! and there are probably more but users don't really know of the malfunciton (they think it's normal)
If your USB ports are running in 1.1 mode instead of 2.0 mode. There is usually an option in the BIOS to turn it to 2.0 mode or it might be that the ports you are using are 1.1 for some reason. I know that this is the case with the front USB on my computer. I never could figure out what the problem was because the BIOS said they were running in 2.0 mode. But I just figured out that the front was 1.1 and the back was 2.0 so I got a 4 port USB hub and connected it to the back and ran it to the front so I could have 2.0 in the front, problem solved.
Well, I got into AMIBIOS settings.. but I didn't find option on USB apart from Enable USB and some Enable DOS USB or something.
So.. what can I do?
Perhaps try contacting the maker of the hard drive if all of the above does not succeed? 310 kb/s is pretty slow, though it is expected that external usb hard drives will be relatively slow, since they connect to a USB port...
If there is no option in the BIOS and there is nothing in your hardware that lacks a driver, then your motherboard is probably too old to support usb 2.0, and you will have to get a usb PCI card to interface faster.
That probably means that your system doesn't support usb 2.0. Get a new usb card. USB 1 is far slower than the 2.0 standard.
It would be enough to get a PCI USB card. You may want to get one with Firewire too, while you are at it. That way, you have both Firewire and USB.
Maybe you should check for the files you have in it, not only the quantity but also the quality of your data can be causing the problem.
if its made in China then they made it cheap
chinese stuff isn't really good with some things.
they lack good quality control.
but maybe theres a Virus on your computer
or your computer is older and has slower transfer speeds?