If you have noticed that doing any kind of data transfer across USB with Windows 7 is somewhat slow, YOU are not alone.
This is yet another USB related problem in Windows 7.
Yes, we already know that Windows 7 has problems with un-powered USB Hubs … though I think some of these can be fixed by changing the Windows 7 Power Management option for that USB controller.
What I am talking about here is inordinately long times to transfer data, e.g., files or folders, across USB. This is most noticeable when you are trying to copy data to or from an USB key.
I noticed this the very first time I used Windows 7 … way back on October 23, 2009. But, since I was using a new 4G USB key I thought that it must be the key.
But, I kept on noticing this each time I tried to do something across USB.
I backup a 48MB folder to my USB key. This shouldn’t take long. But, with Windows 7 it does. I can transfer that same folder across 100Mb Ethernet to an XP machine in the time it takes to copy it to my USB key.
I have a high-end ASUS Rampage II Gene X58 motherboard. I have USB 2.0 ports. I have tried all of the ports.
Then the other night I Googled this. Voilà.
Yet another know problem. Worse still, as with the Task Bar and Start Menu problems, it was well known PRIOR to Windows 7 being released on October 22, 2009.
Geee, THANKS Microsoft. You guys are the BEST. Task Bar, Start Menu, USB. These aren’t exactly marginal features. So Windows 7 shipped with known major problems affecting KEY features.
Windows 7 sucks.
Check the Web. People are complaining. But nothing appears to happen.
The KB977074 fiasco, and folks are still scrambling TODAY to recover from it, many are beginning to despair that Microsoft doesn’t give a hoot about Windows 7. The joys of not having any competition.
If you have MULTIPLE (non-RAID) drives on your Windows 7 machine you will also notice that transfers to the non-system drives are a order of magnitude slower than to the system drive (usually ‘c’) — at least on the first attempt. This is also a known bug. Thanks Microsoft. I guess you folks didn’t realize that folks use multiple disks or USBs.
The February 9 Windows Updates will contain a USB fix — but just for nVidia USB controllers. That will not help many of us.
So, the next time you notice that data transfer with Windows 7 is slow … just remember … it is NOT YOU, it is not your USB key, it is not your USB port, it is not your computer. It is a bug in Windows 7.
Windows 7 sucks.
Good luck. Cheers.