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How to Increase Transfer Speed of External Hard Drive

Posted on Feb 06, 2018 by Jean to Partition Manager

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


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


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Continue with the unique solutions on this page:

Fix 1. Convert FAT32 to NTFS

The file system of an external USB hard disk drive will significantly affect the file transfer speed. Compared with FAT32 and 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 let's begin.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Step 1. Right-click on the external hard drive and choose "Convert to NTFS".

convert fat32 to ntfs to increase transfer speed of external hard drive

Step 2. The pop-up dialog box will show the source and destination file system, click "OK" to continue.

Step 3. Click "Apply" to execute the operation.

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 need 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 "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