How to Make Data Transfer of a USB Flash Drive Faster

Posted by Britt Duncan - July 8, 2014

Have you ever been kept waiting infinitely when transferring data and files from computer to a USB drive? If so, you definitely have to do something to change this kind of unpleasant and awkward situation. Many users may not realize that they can improve and facilitate the file transmission rate tremendously by changing a few settings. Therefore, this post will walk you through the necessary optimized steps.

Step One: Change Device Policy

1. Plug in your USB drive, click computer and locate the USB drive. Right click on it and select Properties from the list.


2. Next, move to Hardware tab. Select your drive by highlighting it and click Properties button.


3. Locate General tab in the newly open window, click Change settings.


4. Move to Policies tab, mark the check-box before Better performance and then tap OK to confirm the change.


This move in fact helps to protect your data saved in the flash drive and also improves data transfer rate. Every time you eject the flash drive, you will get prompted to save data before you can unplug the drive.

Step Two: Convert FAT32 Drive to NTFS Type

Tip: Before you make any changes, please back up your data and files stored in the USB drive because all saved files will be gone.

1. Insert the flash drive, access the drive from Computer (or This PC in Windows 8.1) and right click on it.


2. Select Format from the right-click menu. Under File system session, select NTFS from the submenu .



3. Untick the check-box before Quick Format option. Afterwards, click Start to initiate the converting procedure.


NTFS format surpass FAT32 type in that it has better data assess rate and requires less demands to read/write data. What’s more, NTFS format does better at handling bulky files and data. Thus, when you have to deal with large data, converting the drive to NTFS type will definitely show benefits.

Step Three: Update USB Drivers

1. In Windows 8.1, hit Win + W together and put device manager in the opening Settings search box. For uses who run Windows 7, click Start and type device manager in the search field.


2. After Device Manager window opens up, move to bottom, expand Universal Serial Bus controllers session, where you will see a list of drivers to improve function of the USB drive. Right click on each item and select Update Driver Software from the pop-up menu.


3. Go through each listed item one by one and update them all to the newest version.


Device publishers may release new update for drivers from time to time that generally provides enhanced ability. Therefore, by updating the USB device driver, you can also improve the file transfer speed of the flash drive.

In conclusion

The methods introduced above help you to get the most out of your USB Port version 2.0 as much as possible. However, the newer version, USB Port version 3.0, will be estimated to have greater achievements. If you seek for even better file transferring experience, you can acquire a new version 3.0 instead.

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