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I have a WD1600JS. The transfer rate is less than 1Mb per second. It is very slow. How do I fix it? I connect it with a USB to IDE/SATA cable to my Windows 7 Ultra

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  • dave4597 Mar 15, 2011

    Do you know if the USB port you are using is USB 1.0 or not? if so that would make sense since the transfer rates for USB 1.0 are around there.



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Disk transfer should be around 22 or more MB/second so there is most likely an issue with the drive itself. If you have another machine I would try connecting it to that just to rule out issues with the drive itself.

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