Slow copying to USB stick?

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Slow copying to USB stick?

Post by gto52 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:03 am

I recently upgraded motherboard and cpu and migrated to 19.1 from 17.1.
At first copying to a flash drive wasn't a problem, but now its very slow with any flash drive my old dual core cpu and motherboard were way faster with 17.1?
A portable hard drive copies fine?
I tried restarting pc but it doesn't make a difference, I tried different usb ports which makes no difference.
It also seems to copy batches of data, it starts and then will for example stop at say 7% and not move for few minutes then it will jump to say 11%.
Any ideas?
Copying speed says 3.5mb per second
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Re: Slow copying to USB stick?

Post by gto52 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:07 am

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colleen@FamilyPC:~$ inxi -Fxz
System:
  Host: FamilyPC Kernel: 4.15.0-58-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc 
  v: 7.4.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.0.10 Distro: Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa 
  base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic 
Machine:
  Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P8H61-M LX R2.0 v: Rev X.0x 
  serial: <filter> BIOS: American Megatrends v: 0904 date: 02/06/2013 
CPU:
  Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-3340 bits: 64 type: MCP 
  arch: Ivy Bridge rev: 9 L2 cache: 6144 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 24746 
  Speed: 1597 MHz min/max: 1600/3300 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1597 2: 1597 
  3: 1597 4: 1597 
Graphics:
  Device-1: NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce 210] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: nouveau 
  v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: nouveau 
  unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: NVA8 v: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.8 direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio 
  vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 
  Device-2: NVIDIA High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.1 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.15.0-58-generic 
Network:
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
  vendor: ASUSTeK P8 series driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: d000 
  bus ID: 03:00.0 
  IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  IF-ID-1: tun0 state: unknown speed: 10 Mbps duplex: full mac: N/A 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 10.17 TiB used: 6.48 TiB (63.7%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Samsung model: SSD 750 EVO 120GB size: 111.79 GiB 
  ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Western Digital model: WD30EFRX-68EUZN0 
  size: 2.73 TiB 
  ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Western Digital model: WD60PURZ-85ZUFY1 
  size: 5.46 TiB 
  ID-4: /dev/sdd vendor: Samsung model: HD103SJ size: 931.51 GiB 
  ID-5: /dev/sde vendor: Western Digital model: WD10EZEX-00BN5A0 
  size: 931.51 GiB 
  ID-6: /dev/sdf type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Cruzer Blade 
  size: 59.62 GiB 
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 109.53 GiB used: 91.25 GiB (83.3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8 C mobo: 27.8 C gpu: nouveau temp: 34 C 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 0 
Info:
  Processes: 217 Uptime: 16m Memory: 15.61 GiB used: 1.91 GiB (12.2%) 
  Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.4.0 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20 
  inxi: 3.0.27 

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Re: Slow copying to USB stick?

Post by ColdBootII » Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:31 am

I suppose that is a USB 2.0 stick or some cheap 3.0 model.

Just because you have new hardware now, doesn't mean that your sticks got faster too. I find the average speeds listed for any vendor/model in https://usb.userbenchmark.com/ reliable. First look there, then compare with the bench results you get in Disks utility.

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Re: Slow copying to USB stick?

Post by frostymusic » Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:24 am

Hi,
How is your USB stick formatted? ext/ntfs/fat? :?:

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Re: Slow copying to USB stick?

Post by gto52 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:28 pm

Its a sandisk USB 2.0 FAT32

Motherboard is USB 2.0 only

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Re: Slow copying to USB stick?

Post by ColdBootII » Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:36 am

If the stick is the one from the Ultra line (8-64GB) you can't expect much more, they're slow. Maybe, flashing BIOS could improve it slightly, if update is available, but I don't think it's worth the trouble.

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Re: Slow copying to USB stick?

Post by gto52 » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:23 am

Do the USB 3.0 ones transfer faster with older USB 2.0 ports?

Not sure why it doesn't copy in a fluid movement though :?

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Re: Slow copying to USB stick?

Post by Petermint » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:13 am

If you are copying through Nemo, there are some improvements in Nemo in LM 19.2. How do you perform the copy?

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Re: Slow copying to USB stick?

Post by gto52 » Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:39 am

I am using Nemo, will consider upgrading

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Re: Slow copying to USB stick?

Post by ColdBootII » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:34 am

gto52 wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:23 am
Do the USB 3.0 ones transfer faster with older USB 2.0 ports?

Not sure why it doesn't copy in a fluid movement though :?
Yes, depending on the stick because there are some models bordering 2.0 speeds like one cheap Sony I've got although, even cheaper, Verbatim Store'n go writes at 11MB/s even through a 2.0 port.

It is not fluid probably because the stick is a bottleneck.

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Re: Slow copying to USB stick?

Post by athi » Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:36 am

Not sure why it doesn't copy in a fluid movement though :?
The progress indicator only move when file transfer is completed. With larger files, especially on USB2, it will jump by large % due to file size as % of total transfer.
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