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    Copying files on a External HD

    This is driving mad. I have a Maxtor 250Gb Hard drive connected to my laptop and three files in a folder. I what to take a copy of a set of these files so that I can do some work. the file comprise 4Gb, 8Gb and 13kb. It is a straight copy and paste, I have about 180Gb free on the disc at themoment but it has taken 30 minutes so far and I am only about a 20th of the way through.

    It doesn't normally take this lenght of time. BTW it is formatted to NTFS
    Jerry

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    Re: Copying files on a External HD

    Any errors in the Event log?

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    Re: Copying files on a External HD

    Nuffink

    Just plodding along now about 1/5. Do you think I should stop, copy to local drive and then copy back, it may not like the read/write bit?
    Jerry

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    Re: Copying files on a External HD

    I'd be inclined to go pour a nice glass of red wine, take it easy, watch a film on the telly, and let nature takes its course.

    When it has finished I recommend you do a CHKDSK.

    StuartR

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    Re: Copying files on a External HD

    I do NOT use the copy and paste, it it must be copied to the "Clipboard" and then to the destination.
    I always do a "Drag and drop" works much better.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Copying files on a External HD

    Thanks Dave

    I have eventually logged onto my network via VPN and just dragged it down from one of my servers...took 20 minutes, maddening.
    Jerry

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    Re: Copying files on a External HD

    Would your connection be USB 1.1? If so, that could be the major cause of the bottleneck.

    For backups to my external drive using True Image and connected via USB2, the time is usually about 15 minutes for a compressed file of 19GB.

    Cheers, Bob

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    Re: Copying files on a External HD

    I'd like to second Stuart's wise recommendation. Having had an 11 month old 300GB external Maxtor die without warning, and its contents lost irretrievably, I did some research and found that external Maxtors have a reputation for failing. So if you can check the health of the drive, it may save a lot of pain.

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    Re: Copying files on a External HD

    Thanks Dianne

    Poor old thing gets moved around alot in my rucksack from here to there, so made need to have quiet time on my desk at home and I will use my work server as a little hide away for a back up or too.

    I am lucky to say there is nothing too crucial on there...but...
    Jerry

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