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File Copy Stuck at 5 Seconds Remaining [Fixed]

Updated by Tracy King on Feb 22, 2023

File copy stuck at 5 seconds remaining problem often occurs when you are transferring files between your computer and a USB drive. How to troubleshoot? Here are five feasible methods you can figure out.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Change a USB cable/port The transfer speed of the USB 3.0 interface will be significantly faster than that of USB 2.0...Full steps
Fix 2. Convert from FAT32 to NTFS NTFS works more stable and compatible with file saving and data transferring than FAT32...Full steps
Fix 3. Update device driver If the computer or USB hard drive drivers are outdated, file copying may be affected. So, update...Full steps
Fix 4. Reinstall USB controllers Open Device Manager and expand "Universal Serial Bus controllers". Find your external USB/SD...Full steps
Fix 5. Cleanup and optimize hard disk Cleaning up and optimizing hard drive or USB can improve the performance of computers and devices...Full steps

USB File Copy Stuck at 5 Seconds Remaining, How to Fix?

"Hello guys, do you know how to solve the USB file copy stuck error? This morning, I tried to copy some files (about 1.5GB), including some videos and pictures from my computer to a USB flash drive. The file transferring process went very slow, and the file copying stuck at 5 seconds remaining.

I waited for 20 minutes, but the process still stuck at the last 5 seconds. I stopped the process and restarted again. But the last '5 seconds remaining' message came out again. Why Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7 copying files hangs? Any solutions?"

5 seconds remaining of file copying

The file transfer on Windows might be affected by various factors, such as the performance of a USB drive or HDD, free space available in the USB device, the number of free system resources available (like RAM and processor), USB port, file size, or device driver problems. If any aspect of the file transfer is problematic, you may encounter file copy stuck at 5 seconds remaining issue. 

5 Fixes for File Copy Stuck at 5 Seconds Remaining

Relax if copying files stuck at 5 seconds remaining. When the problem arises, wait for the file copy process to finish patiently. If you don't want to waste time, stop the current file copying process, and follow useful tips below to solve the issue.

Fix 1. Use Another USB Cable or USB Port (3.0)

At present, the transfer speed of the USB 3.0 interface will be significantly faster than that of USB 2.0. If your computer and USB drive supports USB 3.0, then use a USB 3.0 cable or USB 3.0 port to get a faster transfer speed.

Fix 2. Convert from FAT32 to NTFS free without Data Loss

If the USB flash drive is in FAT32, then the file transfer speed will be obviously inferior to NTFS format because the latter is the newest drive letter format, the performance has been significantly improved. Compared with FAT32, NTFS has many improvements to improve performance, reliability, and disk space utilization. It works more stable and compatible with file saving and data transferring than other types of file systems such as exFAT, FAT, etc.

To solve file copy stuck at 5 seconds remaining on Windows 10/8/7, formatting the USB drive to NTFS is an effective method. But we know that disk format will cause data loss. Therefore, to avoid any data damage, you can directly use a free partition manager - EaseUS Partition Master Free to convert FAT32 to NTFS without formatting.

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Step 1. Install and launch EaseUS Partition Master on your computer.

Step 2. On Partition Manager, right-click on a FAT32 partition and click "Advanced", select "NTFS to FAT".

convert FAT32 to NTFS

Step 3. Click "Proceed" on the pop-up dialog box to continue.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

Step 4. Click "Apply" to start the converting process. Wait until the operation process is finished.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

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Fix 3. Update HDD or USB Device Driver

If the computer or USB hard drive drivers are outdated, basic functions such as file copying may not be able to work properly. Driver update can increase the maximum USB transfer size.

Step 1. Right-click on the Start button and select "Device Manager".

Step 2. Expand one of the categories to find the name of your device, then right-click it, and select "Update Driver".

Step 3. Select "Search automatically for updated driver software".

update driver to fix copying 0 items about 5 seconds issue

If Windows doesn't find a new driver, you can try looking for one on the device manufacturer's website and follow their instructions. Otherwise, you can try to reinstall the driver by doing like this:

Step 1. Open Device Manager, right-click the name of the device, and this time select "Uninstall device".

Step 2. Restart your PC, and Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver.

Fix 4. Remove and Reinstall All USB Controllers

If the copying files stuck at 5 seconds remaining issue is still not resolved, we suggest you remove and reinstall all USB controllers.

Step 1. Connect your external USB drive to the computer. Open Device Manager and expand "Universal Serial Bus controllers".

Step 2. Find your external USB/SD, right-click every device under the Universal Serial Bus controllers node, and then click "Uninstall" to remove them one at a time.

Step 3. Restart the computer so that windows install the USB controller drivers.

Step 4. Plugin your USB, and then test to make sure that the issue is resolved.

reinstall usb controllers to solve file transfer stuck issue

Also Read: Fix WD My Passport Ultra Not Detected/Showing Up

Fix 5. Cleanup and Optimize Hard Drive/USB

Useless junk files may eat up disk space. Lack of memory space may be one of the causes of file copy stuck at 5 seconds remaining. You can easily and quickly perform system cleanup and large file cleanup with a free and small tool. Freeing up space is a useful way to speed up Windows 10.

Step 1. DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS Partition Master Suite for free and launch it on your Windows PC.

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On the suite, hover your mouse on "PC Cleaner", click the Download icon to install and launch EaseUS CleanGenius.

Launch EaseUS Clean Genius

Step 2. On EaseUS CleanGenius, select "Cleanup" on the main screen, and click "Scan" to start scanning.

large file cleanup - 1

Step 3. When the scanning process completes, select useless large files and click "Clean" to clean large files.

large file cleanup - 2

Step 4. When EaseUS CleanGenius completes cleaning the files you choose, click "Done" to finish the process.

large file cleanup - 3

To Sum Up

Windows 7 copying files hangs, or file copy stuck at 5 seconds remaining can be resulted from different causes. You can try the five practical solutions here to solve the problem. If you still have any questions, feel free to contact our technical support team via email or live chat. 

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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