Computers Data Transfer and Recovery

How To Maximize Data Transfer Speed

Published at 03/31/2012 06:15:39


Nothing is more infuriating than slow data-transfer speeds. When your 1 GB (gigabyte) movie is going to take nearly 10 minutes to transfer, you just feel like you could smash you laptop into pieces. However, your data-transfer speeds don't always have to be slug slow, there are ways to increase the speed, make the system more efficient, and increase the overall performance of your laptop or desktop PC.

Are you wondering what these tips, tricks, and pieces of advice are? Don't worry; we've got them all right here. This article will explain how to increase Data transfer speeds in five easy steps.


Step 1

The first step is to clear out all the junk from your system. Data transfer rates in Microsoft computers can be affected by a clogged up hard drive. So clean out useless files, run a system sweep and repair any damaged data. The quickest solution is to simply save your important data, either on a disc, cloud or external HDD (hard drive), and completely re-install, the OS.

Once you have a fresh install of whatever version of Windows you are using, you can determine your transfer speeds by seeing how quickly your data from a disc, cloud or HDD comes back into your system.


Step 2

Another, far simpler tip is to simply not copy too many files at once. Don't copy two 50 GB (gigabyte) files simultaneously; this will cause a massive strain on an older or badly configured system. This also applies to data transfer speeds when you're copying data from a disc, take one file at a time, don't copy and paste one after the other directly, especially if it's video or music data.

Furthermore, don't try a file transfer during a CPU intensive task, such as video encoding.


Step 3

The third tip is to upgrade you device, or devices if you have several, a USB 3.0 is much faster than USB 2.0 and USB 1.0. Try Firewire or Thunderbolt devices for a faster USB connectin.

You could also update your hard drive, if you have a low RPM (rotation per minute) HDD, try upgrading to an HDD with that spins at 7,200 RPM. This will help immensely in speeding up data transfer speeds, things will happens faster, files will move faster, operations will be smoother and games will not lag, drop or hang.

But make sure your system is capable of handling a higher clocked RPM hard drive.



Step 4

Another efficient and highly recommended way to boost your data transfer speeds is to upgrade your RAM memory. If you update your RAM from its current size, then you'll have more memory to spare during data transfer functions, If your laptop supports upgrading to the next gen of DDR memory, then go head and do so.

A perfect scenario would be the combination of  a 7,200 HDD and with more RAM, always check you system requirements and capabilities before upgrading  either you HDD or RAM.


Step 5

The last and final tip is to carefully take into consideration that your laptop might have a virus or some other piece of Malware, if it gets too deep into the system, then even a fresh OS install may not work.



A hot laptop works slower, keep it cool.

Check to see if your laptop's fan is broken.


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