Speed Up WD External Hard Drive Slow Transfer Rate

Tracy King updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

WD Passport USB 3.0 gets slow transfer rate, how to speed it up

"I have a WS Passport USB 3.0 external hard drive with about 400GB of data saved in it. And recently, the WD external hard drive suddenly becomes extremely slow with a low transfer rate. 
For example, when I tried to copy a single Word document to the drive, it would take me about 5 minutes to complete. 
The WD drive has about 1TB storage space in total, which means that I still have more than 500GB free space left. But now, the drive becomes very slow for file transferring and saving.
So I wonder if anyone of you knows how to fix the ‘WD external hard drive slow transfer rate’ issue, please let me know. Thank you very much."

According to professional geek website and big storage device manufactures, the below-listed errors are top reasons that may cause your device with slow issue:

1. Low storage space: storage device runs out of free space.
2. The device gets occupied by useless files or a large number of junk files.
3. Corrupted system files/bad sectors on the storage device.
4. Error system file on the storage device for saving data, etc.

So how to fix and get rid of these problems?  Continue reading and find solutions here now.

Fix 'WD External Hard Drive Data Low Transfer Rate' and Speed Up the Transfer Speed

Method 1. Compress and Backup Data in WD External Hard Drive with Low Free Space 

As for the first low storage space issue, we'd like to recommend you to compress files that you won’t use them frequently. And you can even selectively compress and backup files on the WD external hard drive with the help of professional backup and recovery software.

Here you can download EaseUS Todo Backup Home for help. This tool allows you to selectively backup and compresses files in WD external hard drive by taking small space. You can even backup those files to your PC or Cloud storage such as Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive.

Note: EaseUS Todo Backup is 100% FREE to back up files to your external hard drive, PC or other devices in 30 days.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "File Backup".

choose file backup

Step 2. On the "File Backup" window, you can choose almost every type of files from many directories via the "User Defined" mode, but it's even faster using the "File Type" mode when you only back up some specific file types such as documents, pictures, videos, music and so on. So, use the proper way to choose the target files you want to backup.

choose files you want to backup

Then add the plan name or text description to the file backup and then choose a backup location.

To backup files to an external hard drive, click "Browse..." in the "Destination" area.
Expand the "Computer" and choose the external hard drive you've correctly connected to the computer. Click "OK".

choose external hard drive to backup files

Also, if you're interested in getting more backup features, go and find them by clicking "Schedule", "Image-reserve strategy" and "Backup options".

schedule file backup

Step 3. After settings were all made, click "Proceed".

If you choose to compress and backup those files to another device, you can even delete those files on your WD external hard drive so to gain more free space and improve the device transfer speed.

Method 2. Clear Useless Big Files and Junk Files on WD External Hard Drive

To remove and clear useless junk files or big files, you can refer to professional file cleaner software for help. 
If you need a simple guide, you can directly refer to clean up junk files for help. 

Method 3. Run CMD to Repair Corrupted System Files/Bad Sectors on WD External Hard Drive

  1. 1. Connect the WD external hard drive to your PC.
  2. 2. Right-click on Windows icon and select the Command Prompt (Admin) option.
  3. 3. Click "Yes" when you are presented with a UAC window requesting permission to sign in with your account and password and launch the Command Prompt as Administrator.
  4. 4. Type: chkdsk E: /f /r /x and hit "Enter". (Here you should replace E with the drive letter of your WD external hard drive.)

If you don't have any technical know-how and want to minimize data risks, using third-party software could be a better choice. The Command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause severe problems. Therefore, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative.

EaseUS Tools M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to solve your computer issues.

To fix file system error or disk error:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free and install it.

Step 2: Open the software and select the "File showing" option. 

Step 3: Choose the drive and wait for repairing. After the operation completes, click the "View" button to check the drive. 

select the drive and check off file system error

Method 4. Convert WD External Hard Drive to NTFS and Optimize Its Performance 

Comparing NTFS and other file systems like FAT or FAT32 etc., NTFS is more suitable for storage devices to apply and save data. Therefore, if your device is FAT32 or exFAT, just follow tips below to convert your WD external hard drive to NTFS:

1. Connect the WD external hard drive to your PC.
2. Right-click on Start and select "Command Prompt (Admin)".
3. Sign in with your Administrator account if necessary.
4. Type: convert E: /fs:ntfs and hit "Enter". (Replace E: with the drive letter of your WD drive.)

Then you can follow the next guidelines to optimize the WD external hard drive performance: 

1. Connect the WD external hard drive which has a slow transfer rate to your PC.
2. Right-click on Windows icon and select "Device Manager".
3. Expand Disk Drivers in Device Manager and find your WD external hard drive, right-click on it and select "Properties".
4. Go to the "Policies" tab and select Better performance, click "OK" to confirm that you want to optimize and improve your WD external hard drive transfer speed.

After this, you can get a fast WD external hard drive without the low transfer rate error, and you can use it to transfer and save files with a fast speed again. 


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