USB 3 Slow Transfer, Macbook Air

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  1. ntgoeb, Jun 15, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2015

    ntgoeb macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2015
    I have a standard 13" Macbook Air - USB 3. I bought it in November of last year and have since upgraded to Yosemite, and have installed its upgrades as they have come along. I recently bought a USB thumb drive (a "SanDisk Ultra Fit™ CZ43 32GB USB 3.0 Low-Profile Flash Drive Up To 130MB/s Read- SDCZ43-032G-G46") on which I'm storing high def movies (mp4, mov, wmv). I'm getting very low transfer rates (today it took me an hour for a 2 gig file). I wanted to put a password on it, so I formatted it to Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted), and it is partitioned.

    May be of note: when I first got it, my USB ports weren't reading the drive (though it was receiving power, as its light was on), so I reset the SMC and that solved the problem. After I had this slow transfer problem I saw that that was one common solution, so I again reset both SMC and PRAM, to no effect. I've looked at several threads addressing this issue, none of which contained a solution which worked for me. Any advice?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    My thoughts:
    Re-initialize the drive, this time withOUT encryption or password protection.

    Does that make a difference in transfer speeds?
  3. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2013
    Litovel, Czech Republic
    I would try different ports and resetting the SMC and PRAM, which you have done. Agree with Fishrrman that encryption could be slowing it down.

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