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#1 Elliot B.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:16

I have an 8 GB USB flash drive from Microsoft.

Moving files to it is slow.

For example, a 5 GB file takes around 10 minutes.

During the move, the progress bar stops and Windows "freezes" (programs say "not responding", as if they're waiting for something), then everything resumes for another x amount of time (usually around 20 seconds) before the system freezes again.

I've tried plugging it directly into the motherboard and into one of the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive's USB port - same issue on both.

Any ideas?


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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:38

Any ideas?


1) chkdsk
2) plug it directly into the motherboard avoiding a hub if any.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:39

1) chkdsk
2) plug it directly into the motherboard avoiding a hub if any.

1) Nothing wrong.
2) You didn't read my post.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:43

So does it ever complete the file-copying process just taking it too slow or does it always freeze?

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:44

So does it ever complete the file-copying process just taking it too slow or does it always freeze?

It completes, it just takes 15 minutes for a 5.5 GB file. The "time remaining" sometimes jumps to "45 minutes" etc. just after the freeze before instantly dropping back to 1 minute, which is the correct value.

Seems like a bus issue perhaps.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:45

It completes, it just takes 15 minutes for a 5.5 GB file.


I dunno, but it seems normal for USB I/II.

The freeze could be due to CPU or HDD overload while you're doing smth there in the meantime.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:46

I dunno, but it seems normal for USB I/II.

The speed is not normal. The freezing is not normal.

There is a conflict somewhere, but I am unsure where to look.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:50

There is a conflict somewhere, but I am unsure where to look.


You can try doing the windows update and getting the latest intel chipset drivers/utility.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:55

You can try doing the windows update and getting the latest intel chipset drivers/utility.

All drivers are up-to-date.

This motherboard has been hassle since I first got it :/

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:57

I get 'not responding' on my netbook, simply because it does not have a powerful CPU. :/

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:57

This motherboard has been hassle since I first got it :/


You have my sympathy. I used to be in the same situation...

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 13:58

I get 'not responding' on my netbook, simply because it does not have a powerful CPU. :/

This is an i5-750 and only happens when I am transferring data via. USB :/

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 14:03

^ Perhaps you should think about upgrading to a USB 3 motherboard, when you can. ;)

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 14:09

does this happen with any other flash drives?

when the 8GB drive is plugged in, can you check Device Manager for conflicts? Also, you can check the properties on your USB hubs in device manager to make sure theyre operating at high speed (or equivalent)

Do you get a warning from Windows saying something like "this drive may perform faster if..."?

Can you try the 8GB drive in another computer?

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 14:55

Does this happen with other flash drives or is it just specific to this flash drive?