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Speed Up and Make SD Card/USB Faster for Data Transfer on Windows

Updated on May 30, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Manager

Summary:
Are your SD cards, USB or external hard drives becoming slower while transferring files to PC or backing up data from computer to your external device? Here this page will guide you to effectively speed up and make your SD card, memory card, USB and external hard drive faster for data transferring on Windows 10/8/7, etc. PCs and laptops.

How to make SD card/USB faster for data transferring?

Have you ever met this problem that the SD card, USB or even external hard drive get slower and slower after using for a long period? When external storage gets full, it may also slow down the data or file transferring speed on Windows PC.

speed up SD card for data transferring

If you are having such a problem or need a speed up your USB, SD card or memory card for file transferring, just follow steps below to resolve this issue by simple clicks now:

You may follow these steps one by one to increase your SD card or USB data transferring speed with ease now.

Step 1. Backup and extract all data from USB/SD card

To avoid unnecessary data loss issue, it's highly recommended for all of you to backup and extract all important data saved on your USB, SD card or external hard drive to a save location on your PC or another storage device.

You may use professional backup software for help or just copy and save files to target storage device step by step on your Windows PC. 

Step 2. Convert and change SD/USB file system from FAT32 to NTFS

Without peculiar need, we highly recommend that you convert and change the file system of your SD card, USB from FAT32 to NTFS on Windows PC. 

You can follow either method here in the below to change the SD card/USB file system from FAT32 to NTFS now:

Method 1. Format SD/USB from FAT32 to NTFS

1. Connect the SD card or USB drive to your PC.
2. Enter the Windows Explorer, locate and right-click on your USB or SD card, select Format.
3. Reset the file system to NTFS and click Start to confirm, then click OK.
Finally, just wait for the process to complete. 

Method 2. Convert SD/USB from FAT32 to NTFS

The other way that you may try is to convert the SD card or USB from FAT32 to NTFS with the help of free partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master Free. 
This tool allows you to directly convert the drive from FAT32 to NTFS without formatting with tips here below:

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 Windows 10 is supported

1. Connect the SD card or USB drive to your PC.
2. Launch EaseUS Partition Master Free and right click the SD card or USB drive to choose "Convert to NTFS".

Convert SD/USB to NTFS to make it faster.

3. Then click OK to confirm the operation and click Apply to keep all changes on your SD/USB.

Step 3. Optimize USB/SD performance and increase data transfer speed

After changing SD card or USB drive file system, you can follow Step 3 here to optimize USB or SD card performance by changing settings so to increase the data transferring speed with the following tips:

1. Right-click on SD or USB drive and select Properties.

Speed up SD card or USB transfer speed.

2. Go to Hardware tab and select your SD or USB drive, then click Properties.

Fix low transfer speed error on SD card or USB.

3. Click Change settings on Generic-Multi-Card USB Device Properties.

Changes settings to fix low transfer speed issue on SD or USB drive.

4. Go to Policies tab on the settings interface and select Better Performance under Removal policy.

Optimize SD or USB performance for a faster data transferring speed.

5. Then click OK to confirm the operation and click OK to keep all changes.
6. Finally, restart your computer to save all changes.

Extra tip: Besides all the above steps, you can also try to wipe data on the SD card or USB drive for a faster data transferring speed with the help of EaseUS Partition Master Free. 

Now that your SD card or USB drive will gain a faster-transferring speed on Windows 10/8/7 and you can move and transfer all data back to your SD card or USB drive to continue using them again.