Secondary HDD suddenly extremely slow/possibly dying, any way to transfer/save files faster?


I've been a long time reader of these forums and a lot of the threads helped me solve my issues. I tried looking through a lot of threads having a similar issue, but now I am lost and could use some help.

My secondary HDD Seagate Barracuda 1TB on which I am keeping all my games, is finally giving up after a long time and yesterday all of a sudden, I noticed that my Windows booting (OS is on my Samsung 850 EVO SSD 500GB) took time from the normal 12-15 second boot-up time to 30 seconds. After testing, I saw that my Secondary HDD is extremely slow and if I unplug it, the boot up time is back to 12-15 seconds.

Opening folders on it causes 1-2 second delay and it caused huge 2 second freezes in the game I was playing for every 30 seconds or so, which is located on the HDD. Basically anything I interact with that is on the HDD is having freezes every couple of seconds. I can't even open videos anymore and opening pictures takes 5-7 seconds(it's that slow).

I already ordered another HDD (Seagate Barracuda 2TB), but right now I am trying to transfer some of the files to my SSD until my other HDD arrives and I'll remove this HDD until then.

Is there anything I can do to speed up this transfer process or some other way to transfer the files ? I have 750GB of data to save and the file transfer is at 3.83MB/S consistently. It took an hour just to delete STEAM program (without the games) from the HDD.

I don't know for exactly how long this HDD has been working, could be 2-3 years or so. I personally had it for a year (got it from my brother's PC).

If there's any additional info needed, I'd be happy to provide. Any advice is appreciated.
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    Theres no need to delete anything since you will be replacing the drive.
    A few programs copy better then others depending on the application. For hdd to hdd I would use fastcopy or extremecopy. Any copying going over a network then microsofts richcopy is the way to go.
  2. Hi there Crimsomrider,

    I would agree with popatim.
    Another thing you can try is to boot up Ubuntu from a CD or a flash drive and see if you will get faster transfer speeds. Sometimes Ubuntu handles failing drives better. Here's a thread on that:

    Hope this will help,
  3. Aha, thanks guys. My HDD is coming in a day or two so I'll see how it goes with the utilities you suggested. Until then I've disconnected my HDD. I'll report back on the results.
  4. Well, after trying both programs, I can say that ExtremeCopy is doing a good job. Unfortunately, the HDD is deteriorating so fast that now my transfer speeds are below 1MB. Usually around 200KB or lower.

    At this point it's safe to say that no miracles can be done anymore. I managed to save some of my most important files and I'll just toss away all the games and redownload them.

    Thanks for the help guys. Much appreciated.
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