Make your USB Drive or External Media perform faster in Windows

In this post, we will show you how you can make your USB or External Hard Drive perform faster in Windows 10/8/7, by tweaking a setting in Device Properties. This will increase your USB Data Transfer speed. Mind you, the performance improvement may or may not be noticeable at all. You will have to see how it works for your external media.

Make USB or External Hard Drive perform faster

Make USB or External Hard Drive perform fasterPlug in your USB or external hard drive to your Windows computer. Open This PC folder, right-click on the device and select Properties.

Next, select the Hardware tab. Here, select the storage media which you want to make faster, and then click on Properties button.

USB Quick removal vs. Better performance

A new box will open. Click on Policies tab. Here you will see two options in the USB Device Properties box:

  1. Quick removal (default)
  2. Better performance

The default is Quick Removal. When this option is selected, it disables write caching on the device and in Windows. You can disconnect the device safely, without having to use the Safely Remove Hardware option.

If you want better performance from your USB device, you can select the Better performance option. When this is selected, it enables write caching in Windows, but you have to use the Safely Remove Hardware option from the notification area, to disconnect the device safely, else it may result in data corruption.

When you eject a device using this setting, Windows will flush the write cache to the disk. It will ensure that the operation is completed and once it is done, it will inform you that is Safe To Remove Hardware.

As we mentioned earlier, the performance improvement may or may not be noticeable at all. You will have to see how it works for your external media.

Please let us know if you noticed a performance increase when you tweaked this setting.

See this post if Safely Remove Hardware not working in Windows.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Andrey

    What is the real speed gain?

  2. Lojix Net

    I assume any gain would be dependent on the hardware.
    – Thanks for the tip Anand.

  3. Alfa guy

    A few hours ago I started a backup of my hard drive to an external USB drive, using a dedicated backup software. The estimated time till finish was 6 hours. I stopped the process and made the suggested settings above, and started a fresh backup. Estimated time was divided almost by two (about 3 hours). So I really recommend trying it..
    Thanks a lot Anand!

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