Slow backup to WD My Passport 5TB drive

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OP JeremyB2 Contributing Member • Posts: 635
Re: Slow backup to WD My Passport 5TB drive

Thank you Robert. Turning off drive indexing and changing Policies to 'Better performance' improved things a little bit. Average write speed went up from about 30 MB/s to 40 MB/s. Initially, for the first minute or so, write speed would be way up to a level I would expect from the drive, but the speed quickly settles down to about 40 MB/s. A small gain but not sufficient to bring the performance of my 5TB drive up to what it should be.

I’ve decided to revert to 'Quick removal (default)' because although I do usually remember to use the Safely Remove Hardware notification icon, I feel a little more comfortable with 'Quick removal' bearing in mind that the gain with 'Better performance' is not dramatic.

Edit:  I was confused!  Write speed was always about 40 MB/s even before changing Policies to 'Better performance'.

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