I am trying to copy something to my external HDD and it copies things at 1.2MB/s which means I have another 25 hours to wait for everything to be copied over (101GB).

It it used to be a lot faster (1h max for the 101GB).

I had an issue with the memory blocks on my HDD (some of them got corrupted and I had to follow a tutorial to fix the memory blocks and specify a different mount point)

The HDD takes a lot of time now. Any suggestions how I can troubleshoot this?


vim sdb1
rm sdb1
sudo mkdir /media/sdb1
sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1
sudo fsck /dev/sdb1
sudo mkdir /media/sdb1
sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdb1
sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1
sudo chown USER /meida/sdb1
sudo chown USER /media/sdb1
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo chown USER /media/sdb1

Those are the commands I ran when the HDD got corrupted. I cannot even to seem to be able to format the HDD in a different format with GPARTED

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    Looks like it's using USB1 speeds. Perhaps it's a problem on th PC side (just reset the USB ports or reboot the machine). Personally I wouldn't trust anything on a HDD that has had problems. Hacking is OK to recover files from a failing HDD but after that I would discard it. – xenoid Sep 1 '19 at 21:56
  • I agree with @xenoid. If some of the blocks have failed, how do you know how close to failure the rest of the drive is? – Sparhawk Sep 1 '19 at 22:02
  • Do any errors appear in dmesg when you access the hard disk? – Renan Sep 1 '19 at 22:44
  • Did your mount -t vfat fail? If not, have you missed an umount command between it and the fsck? – roaima Sep 2 '19 at 6:03
  • Can you edit your question to include a link to the tutorial you used, please. – roaima Sep 2 '19 at 6:04

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