Large chunk of Data, how to transfer the fastest way between 2 HDD?

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  1. Zfast4y0u

    Zfast4y0u Notebook Enthusiast

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    hello, im getting new PC soon and on my laptop and HDD of my old (dead) PC i have really large amount of data that i need (over 150GB)

    i was considering hooking up HDD's with new PC and copying em to new HDD but i know for fact thats gonna take at least whole day if not longer to transfer so im considering hooking computers in LAN and transfer files like that? would that benefit me more with speeds? my DATA contain mixed chunk of large and small files and copy speed would be slow im sure of it. if any1 know best metod i will appreciate if u would share it with me.
     
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    The speed limitation is the read / write speed of the HDDs (typically 100MB/s for 2.5" drives - I'm assuming that's what you have) which is slower than USB 3.0 / network / WiFi.

    I would get an enclosure which supports USB 3.0 (and, preferably UASP) and put the old HDD into it. Before you start the main transfer make sure that in Device Manager > (select external HDD) > Properties > Policies it's set for Best Performance and not Quick Removal (which means that the transfer isn't slowed by waiting for acknowledgement that each file is written before sending the next). Assuming that the averge transfer speed is 80MB/s then it's 4.8GB/minute so the 150GB/s should only take around half an hour.

    John
     
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    new PC will come with WD 2TB black 7,200RPM 3.5'' . the HDD in my laptop (in it i have over 150GB of data, more like 200..) is 5,200rpm .. and HDD from dead PC (its 3,5'' and has like 50GB of data i need) is 7,200 RPM but 10yo HDD from WD and it become really slow over time for me.

    laptop has no usb 3.0 so yeah..

    best option for me would be to setup LAN then to transfer DATA from laptop? from other HDD i dont have much choice then to hook up and copy what i need i guess? i dont really feel like it to buy usb 3.0 enclosure for just 1 time use, this 2TB could serve me like forever as data storage for my needs.
     
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  4. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Use thunderbolt 3 to USB dongle if you're using a Mac.
    Or hook all the HDDs to your new desktop and copy them. Use Gandalf's WinPE or any WinPE to copy faster w/o any AV or other annoyances.
     
  5. Zfast4y0u

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    what about Macrium Reflect program? would i benefit in speeds if i use it and simply clone whole partition to new drive?
     
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    Its fast as your drive speeds. Meaning on HDD, transfer rates will be around 80-100MB/s.
     
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    Here's what I did I got a Dual hard drive docking Station and just plug both the old and new into it and then did transfer from old to the new drive this way both are in a craddle and secure from bumps or plugs being pulled out by accident.

    Here's a link to it they no longer sell it but when I use it - it was a god send device...
    https://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-Drives-Docking-Station-ST0014U/dp/B002MUYOLW

    I used this to move a almost full 2tb to a 3tb drive which took a day to finish the move and this is where it comes into play.
     
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    Cool that they still make a dual port dock and one of them goes to 8tb not bad.
     
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