USB 3.0 Slow Speeds

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by loon3y, Jun 18, 2015.

  1. loon3y macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2011
  2. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    It depends on the kind of files you're trying to copy. Single large files are no problem but as soon as you have a LOT (and I do mean a LOT) of tiny files it slows to a crawl. You can't do anything about that, that's just how non-volatile memory works.

    Or it could be a bad USB chip.
  3. totten76 macrumors regular


    Mar 12, 2015
    10 gigs is a lot of data for a USB flash drive. Some sticks that are cheaper are just slower. I like to transfer files in 3-5 smaller increments instead of one big one. I feel like it goes quicker but who knows?
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Flash drives almost always tend to have bad performance, because:
    1. They don't support UASP. BOT is just crap for random I/O.
    2. Cheap NAND.

    You'd only see pretty good speeds with something like a Kingston HyperX (and even so, only in sequential performance).
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Looks normal to me for that amount of files and that size transfer. USB thumb drives, even USB 3.0 ones are dead slow for operations like this.

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