How to Speed Up File Transfer in Windows 10

Jean updated on Apr 20, 2020 to PC Transfer | How-to Articles

Now that you are here, you must be facing Windows 10 slow file transfer problem. Here's the thing: the copy speed is normal in Windows 7, about 200MB/s; however, it drops incredibly to 0-5MB/s in Windows 10. You need to figure out what exactly causes the slow file transfer issue or change the way of Windows 10 file transfer on your PC or laptop.

Very slow file transfer in Windows 10 can result from several factors, including network problems, external drives problems, or computer problems. In this post, we will try to help you increase file transfer speed in Windows 10 by solving these three major issues. You can choose the methods that work best for you. Furthermore, we strongly recommend that you use EaseUS PC transfer software for quick and easy file transfer. 


For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

Solutions to slow USB transfer in Windows 10
Fixes for Windows 10 slow network file transfer
Methods for Windows 10 slow file transfer on hard drives/disks
EaseUS Todo PCTrans - fast Windows 10 file transfer software

Solutions to Slow USB Transfer in Windows 10

Copying files between USB drives and computers is one of the most basic ways to share data. But lots of users complain that their PCs are transferring files very slowly on Windows 10. The easiest way you can try is to use a different USB port/cable or check/update the USB drivers if they are outdated. If the situation doesn't improve, continue to use the following advanced solutions.

1. Check USB or Hard Drive for Corruption

The first step to fix the slow USB transfer issue is checking its state. You can use the Windows built-in tool for help. Once you start the process, it will find the corrupted sectors and fix them if needed.

Step 1. Open "This PC" or "File Explorer".

Step 2. Right-click on the USB drive or hard drive and click "Properties".

Step 3. Click the "Tool" tab. Under the "Error checking" section, click "Check".

fix usb slow transfer

2. Change the Removal Policy for UBS Drive/HDD

The external USB drive or HDD on your computer provides you with a Quick removal policy that avoids caching and Better performance policy that writes caching. If your USB flash drive is small-sizes, you'd better choose the former one. While if you are using an external hard drive to move large files, the Better performance policy is more appropriate. Let's see how to change the Removal policy.

Step 1. Plugin in your USB or external hard drive to the PC.

Step 2. Click "Start", type Device Manager, and open it.

Step 3. Expand the "Disk drives". Then, right-click on the target drive. Open "Properties" and select "Policy".

Step 4. Choose a Quick removal policy for USB flash drive and Better performance policy for the external hard drive.

change hardware settings to fix windows 10 slow file transfer

3. Format USB Flash Drive to NTFS

After you convert the USB drive from FAT 32 to NTFS, there may be visible improvements in the transfer speed. If you don't know how to format a USB flash drive to NTFS, follow this link to see details: Format USB flash drive to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7.

Fixes for Windows 10 Slow Network File Transfer

Some people may find that the network data transfer becomes very slow in Windows 10. To solve the problem, two approaches below are worth trying.

1.  Disable Windows Auto-Tuning

If you are copying some data over the network, the auto-tuning feature can improve the performance for programs that receive TCP data over a network. But in some situations, disabling this feature might bring a faster copy speed.

Step 1. Press Windows key + X and select Command Prompt(Admin).

Step 2. Type netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled and press Enter.

Step 3. Now try to transfer the files and check the data transfer speed. You can go to Command Prompt(Admin) again and type netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal and press Enter to turn on the Auto-tuning again.

disable auto-tuning to fix Windows 10 slow file transfer

2. Turn off RDC (Remote Differential Compression)

The Remote Differential Compression feature can cause the slow network file transfer in Windows 10. To fix this problem, you need to disable this feature on your PCs by doing the following.

Step 1. Press Windows Key + S and enter windows features. Click "Turn Windows features on or off".

disable RDC to fix Windows 10 slow file transfer

Step 2. Find and uncheck Remote Differential Compression and click "OK".

disable RDC to fix Windows 10 slow file transfer

Step 3. Restart your PC. You need to repeat this on all the computers on your network. After that, check if the problem is still there. 

Methods for Windows 10 Slow File Transfer on Hard Drives/Disks

The slow data transfer also can be hardware or computer issues. You might be able to fix this simply by disabling certain antivirus or cleaning up temporary cache files. If these don't work, move to increase the disk transfer speed from the following points.

1. Disable Drive Indexing

Windows offers Drive Indexing feature to index all files and substantially reduce the waiting time when you search for them in File Explorer. However, it can slow the data transfer speed if it starts indexing data while the copying is still going on. So, we suggest that you can temporarily disable Drive Indexing for a trial.

Step 1. Open "This PC" or "File Explorer".

Step 2. Select the partition you want to turn off the indexing feature. Right-click it and click "Properties".

Step 3. Uncheck the "Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties" box and restart your PC to enable the function.

disable drive dexing to fix Windows 10 slow file transfer

2. Convert File System from FAT to NTFS

EaseUS Partition Master Free allows users to convert FAT to NTFS without losing data effortlessly. Now, download this free partition manager software, and let's begin.


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

3. Defrag HDD or USB Flash Drive

Try to do some hard disk optimization, which helps significantly accelerate the hard drive file transfer speed in Windows 10.

Step 1. DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS Tools M. Select "System Cleanup" on the main screen.

click system cleanup

Step 2. Select the type of junk files you want to scan and click "Analyze".

analyze junk files

Step 3. Identify and select useless files and click "Clean up" to remove those files from your PC or laptop.

click clean up to remove junk files

4. Check and Repair System Errors

Corrupted Windows 10 file system could disable, interrupt, or slow down the file transfer speed, so let's use the System Maintenance Troubleshooter to repair the wrong files.

Step 1. Open Control Panel and click on the Troubleshooting icon.

Step 2. Select View all in the top left corner.

Step 3. Run System Maintenance Troubleshooter.

Methods Summary

Whether it is a network transfer, USB data copying, or a hard disk data migration, slow file transfer in Windows may be caused by a variety of reasons. If the network transfer is delayed, you can try to find a solution from the network and computer problems. If the USB moving is not fast, you can find the reason from the USB drive and your computer. I hope the above solution can help you effectively.

Finally, if none of the previous solutions help you deal with the slow file copying issue, it's time to try some third-party tools to speed up the transfer. Here, we'd like to recommend you try EaseUS Todo PCTrans.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans - Fast Windows 10 File Transfer Software

EaseUS Todo PCTrans is a powerful and easy-to-use PC data transfer tool. You don't need to worry about the transfer speed at all in Windows 10 with this program, because you have many transfer plans. You can transfer unlimited files quickly from PC to PC, or from PC to an external storage device with or without the network. What's more, the App Migration mode allows you to transfer applications between drives/disks locally. For instance, transfer programs from C drive to D drive without any start-up problem.


For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both of your computers. Choose "PC to PC" to go to the next step.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 1

Step 2. Connect two PCs via the network by entering the password or verification code of the target PC. Besides, make sure you have chosen the right transfer direction and click "Connect" to continue.

The verification code is on the right top of the "PC to PC" main screen on the target computer.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 2

Step 3. Then, choose "Files" and click "Edit" to select files to transfer.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 3

Step 4. Select the specific files as you want. What’s more, you can click the Edit icon to customize the storage path for transferred data.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 1

Step 5. Now, click "Finish" and "Transfer" to begin to transfer files from PC to PC. The size of the file determines the transfer time. Wait patiently.

Transfer files from PC to PC - step 5

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