Fastest way to tansfer files on home network

  aerodynamic750 10:21 10 Jun 2016

Hi all, hope you can help me

I want to transfer 5 folders each containing about 100GB of data from one NAS drive on my home network to another NAS on the same home network, and I can’t figure out the fastest way to do this and I wondered if someone could advise me please.

Here’s how my home network is set up: The router is a Netgear DGND4000.

I have two Western Digital My Cloud NAS drives connected to the router via Gigabit Ethernet. I want to copy the folders from one NAS to the other but it is so slow.

I have to connect my laptop to the network either wirelessly or by using a USB2 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter and start the copying process between the NAS drives using Windows Explorer in Windows 10.

Doing it like this the transfer speed of the files between the two NAS drives is only around 5mb/s

So I tried a different way to get the folders on to the NAS too as follows: I also have the folders in question on a portable USB3 HDD so I connected the USB3 HDD directly to the USB3 slot on the back of the NAS and used my laptop (set up as described above) to transfer the files from the USB3 HDD directly to the NAS. This still only achieved a transfer speed of around 5mb/s!!

I wanted to try copying the folders to the HDD of my laptop and then from there to the NAS but the HDD on my laptop isn’t big enough to store them temporarily for the transfer.

Can anyone suggest the fastest way for me to get these large folders copied over to my NAS, either from the other NAS or from the USB3 portable HDD please?

Would a USB3 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter for my laptop improve speeds compared with my current USB2 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter, or isn’t this the problem in this situation?

Many thanks Gary

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