I'm having a problem with my transfer speeds on linux mint. I connect my WD external harddrive to and transfer files, but under linux things transfer around 7-8mbps. This isn't exactly slow, but under windows it would transfer at about 20-30mbps. When transferring large files this would be nice. Is there a reason why the transfer is so much slower under linux and is there a way to fix this?
This is what I see. So I do have USB2 installed. It's weird, sometimes when transferring I'll get the 20mbps on linux too. But then two transfers later from another folder it goes down to 4.5-7mbps. Anybody know what would be causing this?
It is a mixture of several problems... I think I started noticing it when I did some updates and I believe ntfs3g was amongst them. You probably have your WD NTFS-formatted - that's one of the problems, probably the most significant one.. The second one is nautilus - it is known to have some performance issues with NTFS - therefore it is connected to the first problem. Copying in the terminal or using MC shows some improvement. The third one is ntfs3g - the later versions claim some significant speed improvements including a bug that has been reported to cause slow speeds in earlier versions as the ones available in the repositories. Last but not least, in connection with the above, drive fragmentation seems to decrease performance even further.
So my guess is using a native linux partition may improve things a lot, but then it may not be a solution.. Updating several packages, which may or may not break your system can be a solution. Unfortunately even the Intrepid doesn't go that far as far as ntfs3g is concerned (at least the last time I checked..)
So.. If you can't afford to change the partition type and don't wanna bother with the hassle of updating breaking and repairing stuff, there's not much you can do about it. Other solutions or suggestions are welcome of course! The guy above is lucky, I usually get speeds of <3 MB/s which is NOT fun. Occasionally it goes up to about 10MB/s but seldom and mostly on partitions with lots of free space..
Cheers for the tip, but apart from killing the external keyboard and mouse, it didn't have any other effects, speed remained under 3MB/s... I may try booting a live cd and trying with the stock version of ntfs3g because I seem to recall that it used to be better in the beginning... I may be wrong though, could be that I just didn't pay that much attention back then..
Forgot to mention an observation that copying from an NTFS partition on the local HDD to the external (also NTFS-formatted) usually keeps about ~10MB/s so it definitely makes a point about ntfs3g and especially moving files from ext3 to ntfs...
Another curious occurrence I've noticed is that VMWare virtual machines for example cannot run under linux on an NTFS-formatted partition directly, I usually keep the VM-files on the ext3 Partition except the large virtual disc file. The original issue was that VMWare complained about not being able to create the memory file (.nvram). My guess is another bug / limitation of ntfs3g. If anyone has thus tried with an updated version comments on this will be welcome as well
This issue is also driving me nuts and I seriously consider going back to XP. I can't live without USB stick and there is no way I can format them in ext3 since they're mostly used to exchange files with.....heh....XP people. I've had too many issues with that, the last time USB did work at decent speed for me was in Ubuntu Feisty as far as I remember. Since then I've beed running USB 1. ehci_hcd is not loaded by default on my laptop but even after enabling it I still get speeds around 1Mb/sec on USB transfers. Reloading the module doesn't make any single change. I never had any problem with XP in that respect. Also this USB thing is supposed to cause trouble with hibernation/suspend functions too from what I could see on Ubuntu forums. Being on an laptop I can't afford that.
I'm really trying to find a solution somewhere for this problem but there seem to be no solution anywhere yet the number of people reporting slow USB on linux (all distros) is really huge. Some say it's a kernel thing, some other say it's nautilus. As a newbie I don't know but I think it's a really bad problem that should be top priority instead of adding eye candy stuff such as compiz in new releases.
Sorry this is non constructive but I thought linux was supposed to beat XP in many respect. Well for me linux is really great and it's impressive to see what a free OS can achieve....but despite all the known drawbacks of XP, XP just works and is productive while there are still far too many issues with linux especially on laptops. Is there any hope we can have this USB speed problem fixed soon before formatting my drive and re-installing that old XP??
This was strange (or not ) With a USB pen drive I get speeds of about 3 - 5 MB/s regardless of file system - no good With a USB hard disk (150 MB) and FAT32 I get about 25 MB/s (possibly a bit more) This indicates that the problem maybe is not USB but the pen drive... I could not use it under XP - a problem with drive letters, it was not visible
Don't fix it if it ain't broken, don't break it if you can't fix it