Slow USB Sticks

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Killerbob, May 22, 2008.

  1. Killerbob macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2008

    On my MP (early '08) 2.8/16GB I am having an issue I am not sure how to deal with:

    I use a Kingston DataTraveler 2.0 8GB USB Stick, and whatever USB port on my MP I use, it is extremely ssllooww. We are talking 1-2MB/sec. (max.), and it is much much slower than on my PC Laptop. I copy a smallish 8MB file from my HD onto the stick, and it easily takes 15 seconds, including the "calculating remaining time."

    Is this an MP issue, a Leopard problem, or an undocumented Apple feature?

  2. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    My USB stick works faster when formatted as HFS+. As FAT it's slowish.
  3. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    funnily enough, i bought two kingston data travelers today (1GB + 4GB, for sister + i)...but only chose them because they were AU$30 all up

    having researched them, I found they're at the bottom of kingston flash drive tree...their website specification table even says 'n/a' under 'transfer speed'

    i knew it'd be slow, but had to get a flash drive cheap today for uni

    anyway, i get about 5MB/s (even slower on windows)

    and if you want speed, i recommend you look into patriot flash drives
  4. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    Nanobytes per age.
  5. Killerbob thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2008
    Funny enough - on my PCs this USB stick is really fast. I would guess 3-5 times faster. I tested it on a Windows XP SP2 IBM laptop, so it must be related to the MP.
  6. Mac_Max macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2004
    Did the keydrive come with some sort of Windows only data protection? The keydrive might have some sort of security feature that's looking for some Windows based software and thats slowing things down.

    Unlikely, but still a possibility.

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