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File transfer rate is EXTREMELY slow

I bought a new 500 gb Buffalo Technology external drive back in November (2008). I plugged it in and computer reads the drive no problem. However, when I try to transfer files into the external drive it is extremmmmely slow. Example. Takes 30 minutes to maybe get 10 pictures transfered. Pic files are not that large (shot at 3.2MP). I have older external drives that transfer at a much faster rate. I noticed it had some driver for TurboUSB and tried that as well. had it on "active" but yet still incredibly sluggish. The only thing I can think of, is it is b/c of having Vista operating system? Noticed on the Buffalo page that it was for Windows 2000/XP - didn't mention Vista

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  • piyo2003piyo Feb 04, 2009

    sorry it's a Linkstation not the drivestation

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Plz try to format the drive before transfer....

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Slow transfer external hard drive


Both devices must have USB 3.0 capability to enjoy the high transfer speed that 3.0 has to offer. Check the other device (not the Buffalo) as see if it has USB 3.0 support.
First, make sure the firmware for the external and the source device are up to date. Next, try swapping the cable.
If that doesn't work, check the source and target hard drives to symptoms of failure. The transfer speed will be slow if one of the drives is failing. The manufacturer of the drive should have free diagnostic tools on their website. If not try WD Lifeguard Diagnostics or Seagate Seatools. If you are running Linux, go with smartmontools.
If the drives are healthy and if 3.0 is supported on both devices check the transfer speed with different files. Transferring one large file is faster than transferring a lot of small files.
If all else fails call Buffalo and request a replacement.

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hope this helps. please rate my solution thanks.

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I'v just bought Buffalo's external hard drive about three months ago, the problem came out about two months ago when i tried to transfer some files, and the transfer rate suddenly decreasing significantly...


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It doesn't appear on my computer


Hi,
Go to Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management..

Now, click on Disk management..

When the new window opens, look for the device there. If it appears there then, right click on the external drive and select "format"..

Once formatted, you should be able to "see" it..

Note: your data will be deleted if you format
Please rate my response!!! Thanks, SF

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