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How to Increase Transfer Speed of External Hard Drive

Updated on Jul 19, 2019 by Jean to Partition Manager

Check why did your external hard drive work slowly than ever before, and apply fixes here to increase the transfer speed of the external hard drive and speed up its performance.


Your external USB hard drive works slowly than ever before, especially when your copy or transfer files. How to increase the transfer speed of external hard drive or improve the hard drive transfer speed in Windows 10/8/7?

You can try some useful information provided in the previous articles shown below:

Or try the new solutions presented in this article:

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Fix 1: Convert FAT32 to NTFS

The file system of an external USB hard disk drive will significantly affect the file transfer speed. Compared FAT32 with NTFS, it seems that storage devices with NTFS work faster and more efficient for file copy and file transfer. 

To convert FAT32 to NTFS without losing data, download EaseUS free partition software and follow the steps below to change your FAT32 partition to NTFS.

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 Windows 10 is supported


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

open EaseUS Partition Master

Step 2: Select a FAT32 partition, right-click on it and select "Convert to NTFS". If you need to convert a storage device such as SD card or USB flash drive to NTFS, insert it into your PC first and repeat the previous operation.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

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

convert FAT32 to NTFS

Step 4: Go to the upper left corner, click the "Execute 1 Operation" button and you will see the operation details. Click "Apply" and "Finish" when the process completes.

convert FAT32 to NTFS

Fix 2: Change default hardware settings for better performance

Aside from changing the file system could help accelerate the transfer speed of an external storage device, you can also try to modify the default hardware settings on your Windows computer.

Step 1: Open "Windows File Explorer" and locate your external hard drive. Right-click the external drive icon and choose "Properties" from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Choose the "Hardware" tab, which will display the list of all disks mounted on the particular computer. Select the desired disk you want to improve its transfer performance and click "Properties" at the bottom of the window.

Step 3: In device properties window select "Change settings".

Step 4: A disk window will pop up. Click the "Policies" tab and select "Optimize for performance".

Step 5: Be alert. You must disconnect the device safely. Right-click the tray icon and click "Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device".

change default hardware settings to increase transfer speed of external hard drive