My buffalo external HDD became very slow

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Hi,

My buffalo external HDD is extremely slow copying music and data to my D: drive, the format of both the drives is ntfs, and my antivirus is not scanning, when I drag and drop from one to the other the copying is extremely slow.

Anyone can please help me with this? Am afraid my buffalo external HDD will crash soon and I will lose all data there.

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Answered By 40 points N/A #134100

My buffalo external HDD became very slow

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Judith

There could be various issues with you HDD. Firstly I would try and defrag the drive. This option is available form the systems tools in your control panel. This will take some time to finish depending on the size of your HDD.

Unfortunately if this does not fix the problem, the HDD might have a bad sector, and be coming to the end of it's lifespan. I would recommend that you make a backup of all your data, in case the HDD fails completely.

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Answered By 579865 points N/A #316146

My buffalo external HDD became very slow

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Check if your USB port is 2.0 or lower. If you have USB 1.x (USB 1.0 or USB 1.1) then that’s a really old USB port you have and don’t expect a fast transfer with that. But if you have USB 2.0 or higher but the transfer rate is kind of slow, you can change the setting of your external drive to make data transfer a little faster.

Connect the external drive to your USB port then right-click “Computer” and select “Manage”. In “Computer Management” window, select “Device Manager” on the left pane then expand “Disk drives” on the center pane. Double-click your external drive to open the properties. In the “Properties” dialog, go to “Policies” tab and select “Better performance”. Click “OK” then disconnect and reconnect your USB drive.

When you select and enable this option on your external hard drive, Windows enables write caching for the drive to improve data transfer but you have to click the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon on the system tray every time you want to disconnect the drive to avoid data loss and damaging the drive.

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