[Too Slow!] How to Fix USB 3.0 Transfer Speed Pretty Slow

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Brithny updated on May 07, 2021 to Computer Instruction | How-to Articles

If you have a slow USB 3.0 drive, follow the methods to speed up your device.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Use the Device Manager Right-click on the Windows icon and select "Device Manager ". Expand Disk Drives in Device Manager and find your USB device, right-click on your USB device...Full steps
Fix 2. Convert USB 3.0 to NTFS If the file system on your storage device is FAT32, you can convert it to NTFS to speed up the USB 3.0 drive. Before converting, you'd better back up your USB...Full steps

USB 3.0 is Slow on Windows 10

Case 1. "I have bought a new USB 3.0 thumb drive and noticed that it gained surprisingly slow read/write speeds. A new  USB 3.0 drive should at least have a write speed of 15–20 MB per second. But mine is no more than 50KB every second."

Case 2. "I tend to copy a lot of stuff to my Kingston USB 3.0 drive to put into my media player in the living room. Since having updated to Windows 10, I get a very slow transfer rate. I used to get around 20-30MB/s in Windows 7, but now the drive gets an extremely slow transferring speed on Windows 10! The copy speed is near 0 bytes!"

Method One. Use the Device Manager to Optimize USB 3.0

1. Right-click on the Windows icon and select "Device Manager ".

2. Expand Disk Drives in Device Manager and find your USB device, right-click on your USB device or hard drive and choose "Properties".

3. Go to the Policies tab and select "Better performance", click "OK" to make sure that you want to optimize and improve your USB transfer speed.
You will probably be prompted to restart the computer, and after you do, you should start to see substantially faster transfer speeds!

select better performance to optimize your USB 3.0

Method Two. Convert USB 3.0 from FAT32 to NTFS

If the file system on your storage device is FAT32, you can convert it to NTFS to speed up the USB 3.0 drive. Follow the two steps below now:

Part 1. Export and Restore Your Data from USB

Before converting your USB 3.0 to NTFS, you'd better backup your USB data to a new device to avoid data loss.
Here we’d like to recommend you try EaseUS data recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard which supports you to thoroughly scan and find all existing and even lost files on the USB and extract to another safe location by simple clicks:

Step 1. Choose the location where data loss happened, be it a hard disk drive, external disk, USB, or SD card, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. You can click Filter to display only the file types you want while scanning. Go to "Deleted Files" or "Other Lost Files", find the files you want.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. After choosing the data, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the files.

Recover lost data

Part 2. Convert USB from FAT32 to NTFS

  • Right-click on Start and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Sign in with your Administrator account if necessary.
  • Type: convert E: /fs:ntfs and hit Enter. (Replace E: with the drive letter of your USB drive.)

After the process, you can check your USB drive and use it for file transfers to see the changes. If this method doesn't work well, you can format your USB. Do remember to back up your USB to avoid unnecessary data loss.

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