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    Hello all,

    I have noticed over the past few days that my USB transfer speeds have been extremely slow in some instances. Moving or copying a 3GB folder from the root directory of the flash drive to my Desktop directory took nearly an hour and a half. The Device Notifier also seems to become "bugged" after completing a few writing operations to and from the flash drive and my laptop, resulting with me waiting ages for the flash drive to properly unmount.

    When trying to unmount the flash drive from the Device Notifier by clicking the eject button, the ring just keeps spinning while the LEDs on the flash keep blinking as if it's still being accessed.

    Has anyone else experienced any sort of problems like this or am I just being impatient? It's always possible that it may just be my hardware.

    I'm running the x86_x64 KDE BT5 distro with the most recent updates on an MSI GX740 laptop (now discontinued, makes you wonder) with 4GBs of RAM and USB 2.0.

    Any comments are greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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    i'm running x64 KDE as well. I only have USB problems if i use my 16gb flash drive. It won't correctly transfer things, and locks up the notifier. Even formating it with gparted doesn't work. Put in windows 7 works fine, but my 4gb and 8gb both work flawlessly in BT5. So yours probably could be an issue with the size of the drive / improper formatting.

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    Hello, thought I would chime in as I know a bit about USB. I am however still a n00b to back|track so take any thing I say about that with a grain of salt.

    Firstly, were you moving a folder full of small files? Or just a few big files? It takes significantly more time to move a bunch of small files (Read or Write) for the same reason fragmentation slows down an HDD. Try a few times with an .ISO or two and report back what happens if you would please. Also, some setups have the information stored to a shadow directory and are only actually transferred to a thumb drive when you tell the OS you want to detach it. On windows this is the reason for the “safely detach” USB tray icon. (even though the actual shadowing is off by default).

    Secondly, are you sure your thumb drive is USB 2.0 “High speed”, and not just USB 2.0? That was the big bait and switch when USB 2.0 came out. Being “USB 2.0” means being compliant to USB 2.0 specs. But the specs have provisions for 1.5Mbps, 12Mbps, and 480Mbps speeds. So a device can be USB 2.0 and still be slow, and they often were. If you have an older thumb drive you should check this.

    Also as hardy as thumb drives are, FLASH technology it's self, or more specifically, the transistors that make up the memory storage elements. Have a limited number of uses before the insulation of the floating gates breaks down, or the charge “sticks” inside the gate. In lay persons terms, the do ware out eventually.

    Now, most good thumb drives have ware leveling and error correction built into the interface chip of the drive it's self. Which makes this scenario unlikely for you. However, there are things one can do that will accelerate the degradation process significantly.

    If you use your thumb drive a lot, use it as a boot drive, and/or leave it in a lot over night. Routine house keeping tasks like logs, av, scans, and such can constantly read and write to the drive. Also if you ever left your thumb drive in your clothing pocket and it went through a laundry cleaning cycle. The heat from the drier prolly cut the life in half if not more. And definitely so if it happened more than once.

    Your best bet as far as the thumb drive goes is to try and use a different one and bench your current one so you know exactly how fast it performs. Also an integrity test couldn't hurt.

    And finally, it very well could be a bug in BT5 as it is still hot off the press. But I have not noticed any slowness with it when pertaining to USB so far in my setup.

    Hope I was informative.
    -Charlie
    Last edited by CharlesS; 06-10-2011 at 10:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesS View Post
    Firstly, were you moving a folder full of small files? Or just a few big files? It takes significantly more time to move a bunch of small files (Read or Write) for the same reason fragmentation slows down an HDD.
    This is exactly what I was doing. It was a mix of small to somewhat large files. I guarantee this is the problem. I was just really shocked at how long it took.

    Also if you ever left your thumb drive in your clothing pocket and it went through a laundry cleaning cycle.
    Unfortunately I recall the flash drive in question being subject to the rinse cycle, which im sure is a large portion of the problem as well. I was honestly surprised the drive wasn't borked then and there. I haven't had a chance to bench things yet but I do have another drive of the exact same make and model so I will report back when I can.

    Thank you very much for your time and opinion!

    Quote Originally Posted by Venomous2005 View Post
    Put in windows 7 works fine, but my 4gb and 8gb both work flawlessly in BT5.
    I was experiencing the exact phenomena with my 4Gb flash drive in Windows 7 as well. I agree it must be the way Windows handles memory allocation and the format of the drive.

    Oddly enough, for your situation, I have no trouble with my Western Digital Caviar Green 2Tb external hard drive attached via USB though.

    I did a simple a benchmark, using my good flash drive of the same model I tried copying the same 3Gb folder to it. The copy completed in about an hour, so i guess my problem is resolved due to faulty hardware.

    The only oddity is that Notifications reported that the job had been completed, yet the LED on the flash drive kept blinking as if it was still being accessed. When I went to unmount the drive with Device Notifier it immediately unmounted the drive this time.
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