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What Is Network Transfer Speed?

I recently bought a NAS (network attached storage) device from Synology, connected it up to my network and started transferring files. The first thing I noticed was how slow the network transfer speed was. I was copying over some large video files and it was taking forever! I decided to check the transfer speed between my NAS and PC to see the rate the transfer.

I downloaded a program called LAN Speed Test, which had gotten some excellent reviews, and tried it out. Sure enough, my transfer speed was less than 1 MB/s! Note that is megabytes per second, not megabits per second. I’ll go into more detail on Mbps vs MBps and all that fun stuff. After doing some research, I figured out what I was doing wrong and eventually got the transfer rate up to a super speedy 40 MB/s! Technically, you can only get that speed if you’re using gigabit ethernet. I’ll explain more about that below too.

LAN Data Rate Units

First, let’s get the numbers clear. There is standard 100 Mbps ethernet, which is what most people have at home. 100 Mbps is 100 megabits per second. That is translated into 12.5 megabytes per second (MBps or MB/s). It’s much easier to convert to MBs since that is something we are all familiar with rather than bits. This means that if you don’t have a gigabit router and gigabit network card on your computers or NAS, the maximum speed you’ll be able to transfer a file across your home network is 12.5 MBps.

Also, in the real world, it’s impossible to actually get that theoretical maximum. You’ll probably end up somewhere around 4 to 8 MBps. If you are getting something really low like 1 MBps or less, there are reasons for that which I will mention below. Note that even if your computer has a gigabit ethernet card, you won’t get that higher transfer speed unless all the devices that the data is being transmitted through support gigabit.

If you have a gigabit ethernet card on your computer, your router or switch is gigabit and the receiving device also has a gigabit ethernet card, your max transfer speed jumps to a whopping 1000 Mbps or 125 MBps. Again, you won’t get that theoretical speed, but you should be getting anywhere from 30 to 60 MBps depending on the type of files you are transferring and your network setup. Let’s go into more details about that.

Transfer Speed Depends on What?

So as we mentioned above, network transfer speed depends on the type of ethernet you have on your network, but that’s not the only factor. There are several other factors that determine your final transfer speed between two devices.

Hard Drive Speed

One major limiting factor is the hard drive speed. If you have a computer with a 5400 RPM, your transfer rate will be a lot slower than if you have two SSD drives in a RAID 0 configurations! How so? Well, it depends. I’ve heard of some friends getting close to 100 MB/s using some pretty insane setups. On my network, even with gigabit ethernet, I only get around 40 MB/s. One of those reasons is because I have slower hard drives.

 

 

What Is Sonic Manager?

Here’s another technical walk-through on how to fix a pesky little problem that is caused by computer manufacturers such as Dell and HP! Basically, they load too much crap onto your PC when you buy it and you get lots of junk software installed, one being Sonic Update Manager. Make sure to read my other post on removing junkware from your computer automatically.

What is Sonic Update Manager?

Sonic Update Manager is not even a full software application; it’s a secondary application or service that runs with the Sonic RecordNow software. Sonic RecordNow lets you create CDs and DVDs, so you don’t need to necessarily remove that from your machine. However, you may notice that every time you startup your computer, you get a wonderful message from Sonic Update Manager to enter the Sonic CD, which you don’t have since Dell didn’t give it to you, and then pressing Cancel only seems to infuriate the software more because it keeps popping up over and over again and won’t go away! How annoying!

How to Remove or Uninstall Sonic Update Manager?

There are a couple of ways you can fix the problems associated with Sonic Update Manager and I’ll go through them here one by one. The first and the simplest method, if possible, is to go into the Control Panel and then Add/Remove Programs. Look for Sonic Update Manager and if you’re lucky, you can just click Remove to get rid of it.

Remember; don’t get rid of Sonic RecordNow as that is the software you use to record CDs and DVDs. The second method is to disable the Sonic Update service that starts up when you computer starts. You can do this by going to Start, click on Run, typing inMSCONFIG and then pressing Enter.

Also, if you see isuspm or issch, go ahead and uncheck those also as they are culprits for this issue as well. You may also see something called “UpdateService” or “InstallShield” in the command column, make sure to uncheck those only if the command path has Sonic somewhere in it. If you see the path is to a Windows system directory like C:\Windows\System32, then don’t uncheck it as it can make your system unstable.

Stress-free Utility Software

Users will surely be happy knowing that they can finally restore their lost files and applications using recovery utility software. There are so many factors that can lead to losing or damaging your file and you can use this recovery utility tool to deal with all of those triggering factors. There are numerous tools that are intentionally designed to recover deleted or lost files, and it may range from paid applications to free ware. The tools may also vary based on its ability to restore important files of any format.

When the user accidentally delete a data or the user gets infected with a malicious software and the sudden virus attack damages or deleted your files, the first thing that a user might probably do is to edit the existing file or make a new file.

In case of data loss, refraining one’s self to creating files will dramatically boosts the chances of being able to restore the deleted files. Running a simple disk defragmentation will damage your lost files. Thus, if you are using Windows as your operating system, and have set Windows diaphragms software to operate, then you have to switch the schedule of the defragmentation run immediately until you already restored all the deleted files that you wish to get back.

To choose the best recovery utility software that will restore all your deleted files, you need to have a better understanding about how computer systems store files. The computer’s file management system basically consists of two parts. The first part is used to keep all the files and the other part is used to record information that will map the location of the files on a storage device. When files were removed, the computer’s operating system will just mark the portion of the inbox table as empty and free for use. The original file was never removed out of the system but it was just overwritten by a new files or a new update of the existing file.

Using recovery utility software can help users avoid all the hassles and stress of losing your important files. And using the utility tool will lighten up all the loads and will make it easy for the user to restore the lost files. This utility tool will guide you through the entire recovery procedure and also help and manage your data appropriately.

There are plenty of reasons why it is one of the best solutions for data recovery to most users, and these include the following:

  • It makes recovering data easier.
  • The utility software will help the user to save money and time in paying for the service charges of most data recovery providers.
  • It is very convenient and user-friendly.
  • It can help users to deal with deleted partitions which are already erased from the computer hard drive.
  • Users can still recover their lost files caused by unexpected power failure or reformatted computer hard drive.
  • The utility tool can also be helpful during software failure.
  • Recovery utility software is very helpful in reconstructing and recovering your RAID.