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Old 07-21-2007, 10:37 PM   #1
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Copying/Moving Files Slow on Slackware 11.0 with XFS.


Hey everyone,

For some reason, trying to copy/move files between hard drives in my computer is much, much slower than on Windows XP. I keep an XP installation on my rig for gaming, and have ended up booting into it to also move around music collections and whatnot. In Slackware it was going to take more than an hour to move 30GB, in XP it took about ten minutes.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 07-21-2007, 11:52 PM   #2
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Hard to say ... trying to move via Gooey or in the command-line?
The latter should give you the bare metal speed, the former may
do silly extra things, like checking that a file arrived safely
before carrying on.


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Old 07-22-2007, 01:20 PM   #3
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Either way, doesn't make a difference. I've tried straight command line, Midnight Commander, and GNOME. They all have the same speed.
 
Old 07-22-2007, 01:28 PM   #4
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OK, now that's a worry. What hardware are we looking at,
SATA or IDE? If it's IDE, is DMA enabled? More input.


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Old 07-22-2007, 01:41 PM   #5
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Hard to say ... trying to move via Gooey or in the command-line?
The latter should give you the bare metal speed, the former may
do silly extra things, like checking that a file arrived safely
before carrying on.


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I have actually found that drag & drop with KDE is several times faster than cp from the command line. I have SCSI hard drives.

Surprised? It surprised me too.
 
Old 07-22-2007, 06:28 PM   #6
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Really? Have you actually timed it and taken into account caching effects?
 
Old 07-23-2007, 12:54 AM   #7
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Everything in my machine is SATA, I've got nothing on the IDE controllers at all.
 
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Really? Have you actually timed it and taken into account caching effects?
I have indeed timed it. I don't know how I would take caching effects into account.

Came about when I was doing a system reorganization and that had me moving large quantities of data around, including some very large files. For some jobs drag & drop is easier to set up, for others doing a cp was easier to set up. So I was doing what was easiest. Didn't take me long to figure out that there was a big difference, so I actually did some test copies using drag&drop vs cp and IIRC KDE drag & drop was about 5x faster.

I don't know what OP's problem is though.
 
  


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