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Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500gb external HD problem/question


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"For this review, CNET Labs tested a 750GB USB 2.0/eSATA/FireWire drive in USB mode. When writing a 10GB folder of mixed file types, it took the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 9 minutes, 46 seconds for a rate of 17.48MBps."

i'm trying to transfer over a 34gig folder and its going to take 40 minutes?
it took 3 minutes to transfer a 1.8gb folder.

The software that came with the external HD is that supposed to transfer whatever i want it to over to the it? from my understanding it's just auto backup software.
i just don't get why it's taking so long, I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong or what.

thanks for your time.
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Transfer rates are dependent on how fast the computer can send the data and whether its busy doing anything else on the drive at the same time. So if you're actively accessing files on the same drive the system is reading from, it will take a lot longer. Plus the Cnet figures are most likely under ideal conditions which you probably don't have if you have extra overheads such as anti-virus software and what not.
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Transfer rates are dependent on how fast the computer can send the data and whether its busy doing anything else on the drive at the same time. So if you're actively accessing files on the same drive the system is reading from, it will take a lot longer. Plus the Cnet figures are most likely under ideal conditions which you probably don't have if you have extra overheads such as anti-virus software and what not.



i figured out how to use the software that came with the HD to transfer stuff, but why would anti virus slow rates down? I also use AVG which is super small.
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Virus scanners will be scanning the files on an on-demand basis. If you're copying the files, they're in demand so they get scanned and this is true of all virus scanners, otherwise it wouldn't be a very good virus scanner if it ignored everything you were doing :)
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oh, right. Thanks! :)
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