How to Speed Up USB Data Transfer Rate in Windows 7

One of the common tasks in a computer performed by the users is transferring data from & to the USB drive. No one would want to wait for 10 to 15 minutes for transferring a few gigabytes of data. The slow USB data transfer rate of your USB device becomes more troublesome when you’re in a hurry to attend an important meeting and you need the data.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to speed up USB data transfer rate without using any software or tool.

Set Your Computer to Increase the USB Data Transfer Speed

If you’re using Windows operating system, you can optimize the USB transfer rate in a few clicks. By default, the Windows is set to a “Quick Removal” policy. This option lets you remove the USB drive from your computer without using the “Safely Remove Hardware” option but makes the USB transfer rate slow as it disables the “Write caching-policy” option.
Increase USB Data Transfer Speed
There is another option – “Better performance” which can speed up USB data transfer rate to a significant level. You can enable this option either from the “Device Manager” section or the “My Computer” section in Windows 7. In both cases, you need to insert the USB stick before switching between the options. We’ll prefer the second one as it is simpler way to optimize the data transfer rate for USB devices.
Once you insert the USB device into your computer, open “My Computer” and right-click on the USB drive then select “Properties” from the context menu.
disk properties from context menu

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The “Disk Properties” window appears. Now head to the “Hardware” tab and select your removable drive from the list and then click the “Properties” button from the bottom-right part of the same tab.
USB disk properties hardware tab
Now, the “USB Device Properties” window appears. Head to the “Policy” tab, select the “Better Performance” radio button and click OK. After doing this, simply enable the “Enable write caching on the device” checkbox (this feature is not available for some device though).
Speed up usb data transfer rate
That’s it. Now you can notice a significant improvement in the performance of your USB drive while transferring data. Should you remember that enabling this feature for your USB devices will need you to remove it from your system internally before unplugging the USB drive from your computer. Otherwise, it may result in a data loss
To unplug the device easily, you could follow this tip.
Create a shortcut at your desktop (Right-click menu > New > Shortcut) and put the following as the shortcut path:
%windir%\System32\control.exe hotplug.dll
Safe to remove hardware shortcut
This is the shortcut for “Safely Remove Hardware” menu. Now, whenever you want to unplug your USB device, click the shortcut before doing that.

Disable Legacy USB Support in BIOS

Very poor performance is some time caused by the Legacy mode for USB in BIOS. This feature is actually for providing compatibility with the old USB devices. Though the compatibility support does not work all time for the old devices it of course restrict the data transfer rate of your USB device.
The Legacy USB Support is a BIOS setup and you need to boot your computer with BIOS mode to change this option. The method of entering into the BIOS mode depends on your computer’s motherboard. However, you need to press the “Del” or “F2” key at the boot time. Once you enter into the BIOS section, find out the option and disable it.
Note: Disabling the Legacy mode may result in a non-functionality for your old keyboard or mouse.

Change the File System to Speed Up USB 2.0 Data Transfer Rate

The file system can have a great impact on the performance of a USB device. Many devices come from the manufacturer store with the maximum data storage capacity. They actually keep the file system in a conservative format to allocate data in very small chunks. Though the storage capacity increases by this method, the performance drops to a significant level.
In Windows operating system, NTFS is the quickest file system. So, if you want to speed up your USB transfer rate, format the USB drive in NTFS file system with 64 KB allocation size.
Formatting the USB drive in Windows 7 is so simple to do. Just open the “My Computer”, right-click on the USB drive and choose “Format”. You might get a warning message; simply ignore it and choose the preferred file system from the drop-down menu. Finally, click the “Start” button and allow some time to complete the procedure.
Format USB drive with NTFS file system

Replace Your Old USB device with a New One

As long as you use, the SSDs (Solid State Drive) become slower to slowest because of repeatedly performing the read/write task. The available memory cells gets damaged due to repeated read/write cycles. The device even stops working after a long usage.
Though it is not any issue of the SSD hardware but the flash drives are made for low price and often the manufacturers do not take care about the longevity of the memory cells.
Therefore, if the data transfer rate of your USB drive goes significantly down and the typical solutions do not seem to be working, you should opt for replacing the device with a new one.
Bottom line
These may help you speed up USB data transfer rate dramatically in your Windows computer. If not, switching from an old USB 2.0 device to a new optimized USB 3.0 device could save a lot of your valuable times. You can learn more on whether you should upgrade your USB flash drive to USB 3.0 or not from here.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe it can be a problem of FAT32 or NTFS file transfer mode, I dont know! When I had this issue I used GS Richcopy 360 to solve it and the transfer speed was quite good. It says it has multi threaded file transfer ability meaning it can transfer multiple files at a time. Try it, it solved my problem, hope it solves yours too!

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