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Fix 'External Hard Drive Very Slow to Respond' Error on Windows [2018]

Updated on Jun 13, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Manager

Summary:
Do you know how to improve the data transfer rate and speed up the external hard drive when it becomes very slow to respond after using quite a long time with a big amount of saved data? If the Seagate, SanDisk, WD or other brands of external hard drives become very slow to respond on your Windows 10/8/7 PCs, don’t worry. Just follow this page to optimize and speed up your external hard drive to a faster transfer rate with reliable solutions now.

Why does my external hard drive get very slow to respond? How to fix?

"Hi, there. Do you know how to fix a USB 3.0 external hard drive slow speed on Windows 10?
I have a Seagate USB 3.0 external hard drive with 1TB space. It has worked for more than two years, and almost all my data like videos, images, worksheets, etc. are all saved on the drive. 
But recently, when I tried to transfer or save a new file to the external hard drive, it became very slow to respond. 
It takes a very long time to load on Windows 10 and even becomes extremely slow to respond when I try to copy or transfer a new file or image to the external hard drive. I don’t know why it comes so slow, and how can I fix the slow speed on my external hard drive?"

It seems that storage devices such as external hard drive, USB or SD card with slow to respond or slow transfer rate issue have become one of the top issues among ordinary users. So what will you do when your external hard drive or USB etc. devices become extremely slow? To buy a new and bigger external hard drive to replace your current one? 

Obviously, this is not a wise choice. Here we’ll offer a cost-effective method to you and simply fix the ‘external hard drive very slow to respond’ issue on Windows 10/8/7 without losing any data. 

Free Fix for 'External Hard Drive Very Slow to Response' Issue
Let Free Partition Manager Software Help!

Sometimes storage devices slow issues are caused by a large number of junk files or useless big files that take most space on the drive. 
If corrupted system files or bad sectors exist on the storage devices, it may also slow down the device transfer rate. 

Before you start to fix the slow external hard drive issue, please read the note below carefully:
To avoid unnecessary data loss issue on the external hard drive, we recommend you to backup external hard drive data to your PC or another storage device at first.

And professional partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master Free would help you remove ‘slow speed’, ‘low transfer rate’ or ‘slow to response’ issue from your external hard drive, USB or SD card, etc. devices with just a few simple clicks. Just free download, install it on your PC and follow guidelines here to speed up your ‘slow to respond’ external hard drive now.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Step 1. Remove and clear useless large files and junk files on the slow external hard drive

1. Connect your slow external hard drive to your computer.
Launch EaseUS Partition Master and click Cleanup and Optimization. Then choose Junk File Cleanup or Large File Cleanup.
2. Then you can click Analyze or select the slow-to-respond external hard drive and click Scan to let EaseUS Partition Master find junk files or large files in the drive.

Fix 'External hard drive slow to response' error.

3. You can check and choose junk files or useless large files and click Clean up.
All selected junk files will be cleaned and thoroughly deleted from your external hard drive then.

Clear junk files that cause external hard drive extremely slow.

You can also choose to optimize PC disk so to improve your external hard drive’s performance with these guidelines below:

1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master and click Cleanup and Optimization.
2. Choose the slow external hard drive on your PC and click Optimize.
Wait for the process to complete, and then your external hard drive transfer rate will become faster now.

Step 2. Repair bad sectors and corrupted system files that slow down external hard drive

1. Connect your slow external hard drive to your PC.
Launch EaseUS Partition Master and right-click the slow external hard drive and click Check partition.
2. Choose the way that you want to use to check bad sectors or corrupted system files on the slow external hard drive: Check Partition Properties, Call Windows Chkdsk to fix errors, Surface Test.
Click OK

Repair bad sectors that cause external hard drive slow to respond issue.

3. Let EaseUS Partition Master automatically check and repair errors on the external hard drive for you. 
Click OK to finish the process.

Another Way to Fix Slow to Response Issue on Your External Hard Drive

Besides clearing junk or big files and removing bad sectors on the slow external hard drive, another straightforward way that you may try is to format the external hard drive to NTFS and wipe all data on the drive to optimize its performance.

Note: Just one thing that you need to keep noticed: formatting will clear all data on your drive. So if you have valuable data on your slow external hard drive, please export and backup those data to a secure storage device first.