How to increase your USB Flash Drive File Transfer Speed

By | November 10, 2011

USB Flash Drives are an integral part of our everyday activity. This is not as result of any latest tech trend, but is a personal need due to our technology related lifestyle. I suppose that kids use USB sticks to store their favorite games and cartoons, students use it as a medium where they can store their home work, projects, lectures, presentations, books, movies and music, our parents use them for storing their work stuff like documents and projects.

In general, USB Flash Drives are all around us and they definitely are the best way to carry all kind of digital data. Besides all the positive features that USB Sticks give to us, the negative ones like viruses can be can be easily avoided just by being careful where you put it.

However, sometimes USB Sticks can be annoying because of their slow transfer rate which is due to a various factors like: USB Stick version ( USB 1.1, 2.0 or 3.0), this also is related to the USB Port version of your PC (USB 1.1, 2.0 or 3.0), PC configuration etc. I know that you get bored when you have to wait 10 minutes to transfer a 100mb file, so here I’m going to show you an awesome trick that will help you boost the file transfer speed of your USB Flash Drive. In order to achieve this you should perform two quick tweaks to your USB Flash Drive. But before we start doing it, I would like to show you the results I got while copying an 183MB PSD file into my USB Flash Drive befor tweaking it. The file transfer speed in average is 2.57MB/second.

Tweak nr. 1

This tweak is a preparation, so it just optimizes your USB Stick for better performance by enabling write caching but with this option selected you have to use the Safely Remove Hardware option when you want to disconnect it from your PC or laptop.

1. Attach your USB Flash Drive, go to My Computer, locate the drive, right click on it and select Properties.

2. Now the Properties Windows will appear in front of you. Continue to the Hardware section by clicking on the Hardware Tab. All the attached in you system will appear in a list. Here you have to find your USB Flash Drive, select it and click the Properties button.

3. In the new window go to the Policies Tab and from the Removal policy section select the Better performance option and click OK.

Tweak nr. 2

This is the tweak that will definitely help you boost the file transfer speed of your USB Flash Drive with amazing results. You will achieve it by formatting the USB Stick in NTFS format.  To do that, just follow the steps below.

1. Go to My Computer, locate your USB Flash Drive, right click on it and select Format.

2. In the Format window go to the File System drop down menu, select the NTFS file system and click the Start button.

After the format is finished your USB Flash Drive is ready to serve you with his full capacities. I’ve tested it again by copying the same file that I showed you in the beginning and the results I got are amazing, the file transfer speed the same USB Flash Drive was 111MB/second.

Hope you liked it guys. I suggest you to try this trick and enjoy his benefits. If you have something to add or ask feel free to use the comment form below.

14 thoughts on “How to increase your USB Flash Drive File Transfer Speed

  1. traffic

    why when i to increase my USB Flash Drive File Transfer Speed already it slowly than?

    1. Reegon Post author

      Hey buddy! Ive tested it and it works for me. It will also increase the USB Flash Drive file transfer only if you format it as NTFS.

  2. Abhishek

    I followed ur procedure, but i could get only 3-4 means between 3 and 4 MB/sec speed.

  3. krunal

    there is no policies option in hardwears property of prn drive, i check it in window 7 64 bit

    1. Don

      Sure there is, but depends what kind of WIndows 7 you are using .. Ultimate has that option. I am on Win7 64bit Ultimate and I do have that option.

    2. Ankit Goel

      In the Hardware tab when you open the device properties, in that box you can see that there is option of CHANGE SETTINGS, when you click on it, you can see the POLICIES option…

  4. arjun

    my transfer rate while transfering its decreasing gradually…….dont know why…?
    anyway thnxxxxx

  5. yasir

    with formating NTFS not actually increase data transfer. actually it slow down data transfer .intially it will show you hight speed data transfer but after 50 % it will decrease speed slowly until it goes in kb/s :P heheh try it

  6. Phienix


    Um using Win 7 professional version. The path is

    My computer > right click on pen drive icon > Properties > Hardware > select pen drive name > Properties > Change settings > Policies > Better performance.

    Is it possible to re select “quick removal” option when we want.?

    By the way, my 8GB Kingston Data traveler 2.0 USB drive works at 15-20 MBps generally.

  7. ronnie guntalidad

    I already configured my usb flash drive to better performance, and I started to copy a file or movie data, it takes high speed to copy at start, but later on or a few minutes it decreases the speed copy, it return to original speed copy

    is their another tweaks to do or to configure so that the speed copy will not drop down

    thanks if their is a solution


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