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knute

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I just bought another 4.0GB flash drive and went to save some files to it and it runs at about 1/4 the speed of the other 4.0GB drive that I bought last month. It is really slow. One thing I did notice is that the old one is FAT formatted and the new one is FAT32.

 

Any ideas why the new one is so slow?

 

Thanks,

 

knute...

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I reformatted it and the performance is exactly the same. My test is copying a folder with about 400 files in it. The total size is about 23mb and it takes 2:50 with my new drive and :47 with my old drive. I've tried formatting it with FAT, FAT32 and NTFS. NTFS is interesting but not very useful. It does write fast though. My Sony 1.1 drive only takes 1:12 for the same write. Does this thing need to go back to Frys?

 

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knute...

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I could use some other suggestions as to what is up with your drives.

 

I replaced the problem drive and the new one is just as slow maybe even slightly slower. It is still much slower than the one I bought a few weeks ago. Are these really 1.1 drives? I would appreciate an answer to my previous posts too.

 

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Thats about normal for that drive, you might run HD Bench and see what it rates the drive as. But the Higher Density drives may not be as fast with small files because of the cluster size.

 

That doesn't make a lot of sense and isn't borne out by test (see my previous post). I've reformatted the new one with FAT and 64K clusters and it doesn't make any difference. Why is the one I bought a couple of weeks ago three times faster? Why would two supposedly identical drives perform so differently?

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