[Nottingham] Faster Linux/Windows copies?

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Mon May 26 18:03:06 UTC 2014

On 26/05/14 18:47, Jason Irwin wrote:
> I am in the process of copy some images around and need to pull them
> from Windows on to Linux. Samba is transferring at ~40Mb/s which isn't
> bad, and what I've come to expect from tests I did a while back. Still
> much less that the network can actually copy with.
> If this were Linux/Linux I'd justuse scp or rsync but I am wondering;
> without setting up SSH etc, is there and easy trick to get faster
> Linux/Windows copies?

Take the HDD out of the Windows machine, add into the Linux machine, and
enjoy the multi-Gbit/s of SATA?...


Only thing faster for Windows than samba/CIFS is to try streaming with
netcat ("nc"), but you will need Cygwin on the Windows to do a "dd" or

"ssh" will likely be slower due to the cpu overhead of encryption.

You could try going risqué and see if samba/CIFS will run asynchronously
to give a bit of a speedup?

Or slightly advanced and dependant on how non-Neanderthal the Windows
is: Try *jumbo* packets?... (Your network switch needs to be recent
enough to support them also.)

Good luck,

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