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  • Question

  • OK, this problem has been going on for some time.  I use WHS as a file server for all the PCs in my home (a Win7 desktop, a Win7 laptop, and an XP desktop.)  Basically, NO data files are stored locally--all documents for all PCs are stored on the WHS.  Everything works just fine, EXCEPT:

    Saves to the server are EXTREMELY slow.  If I, say, edit a jpg stored on the server and then save the edited image, it takes 4 to 6 seconds for the store to complete.  If I change an Excel spreadsheet and save it, again it takes 4 or 5 seconds to complete the save.  The save processes are slow from any of the clients.  (Word documents, on the other hand, seem to save just fine--go figure!)  The system isn't slow for anything else--files load as though they were local.  I just transferred a half gig file from the server to the desktop in about 3 seconds.

    I've run chkdsk/r and find no problems.  All of my drivers are up to date.  The only thing I can figure is that my WHS box has a Marvell Yukon NIC, and it was a bit difficult finding the correct driver, but I think I've got it.

    Has anyone else had a similar problem?  Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thursday, March 18, 2010 10:11 PM

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  • If you copy a large file in Win7 from the Server and click "more details" what speed do you average?  Also try the same for copying a large file to the server.  You should be able to copy files between 8 and 11 MB/s (MegaBytes a second) on 100Mb/s LAN and possibly over 50MB/s on a medium speced Windows Home Server - if you're running on Fibre then perhaps you'd get the speeds you mention.

    I only ask because 500MB in 3 seconds is faster than what GigaBit ethernet can deal with.

    File saves of 4-6 seconds seem okay to me - depends on the size of the file really, or are you talking empty doucments?  

    I can't see that anything is wrong - I think you need to use a slower system for a while, then yours will seem snappy ;-)

    Thursday, March 18, 2010 10:33 PM
  • Al,

    Thanks for the suggestion.  I just copied a 3 GB file from the server to my desktop (it's a gigabyte network) and the copy started off about 80 MB per second and gradually slowed down.  It seemed to average about 70 MB.  Going the other way, the copy started off about 100-105MB but slowed down to about 60 MB half way through the copy, before finishing off around 80 or so.  I'm not complaining about the copy speed.  However, when I go to save a small spreadsheet, it's taking about 5 or 6 seconds--the same sort of time that it would take to transfer a half gig file.  Something is strange there.  Where it has become almost unusable is in editing jpgs.  The other day, I was looking as some pictures I had taken and stored on the server.  I had to rotate many  of them by 90 degrees and save the new version.  Done locally, the rotation and save takes under 1 second.   I was using ACDSEE's Photomanager, running on a client, reading and saving the jpgs to the server.  Done locally, the rotation and save would take about 1 second.  Done off of the server, the rotation was still very quick, but the saves were taking five or six seconds (several times, I was informed that ACDSEE had stopped responding, but after the five or six seconds passed, things returned to normal.)  Similarly, working with a small spreadsheet (spreadsheet stored on server, work done on client), saves were taking 5 or 6 seconds, with an occasional "Excel has stopped responding" message.

    So, I'm NOT complaining about the general speed of my little network, it's just the saves where something strange is going on.


    Friday, March 19, 2010 12:25 AM
  • Wow, those are really impressive speeds. I am operating on a gigabit network and my speeds are REALLY slow, somewhere around 3-8Mbps. I came across this thread while searching for an answer about how to speed my system up.

    The server is home-built with a 2.0GHz P4, 2GB with an EIDE 120GB system drive and 2 1TB drives on a separate controller. All connected PCs are gigabit (along with the server itself) connected to a gigabit switch over Cat5e. Folder duplication is turned on for almost all of my shares. I

    Ideas for how to speed things up?

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:52 PM
  • Hi,

    If you can't get over 8MB/s then it sounds like part of your network is still running at 100Mbps - does your switch show if your connections are at 100TX or 1000TX - my netgear GS608 lights up yellow for 100TX and 1000TX but different switches vary.


    Wednesday, March 24, 2010 10:16 AM