Are you having problems with “USB file transfer stuck at 0” when you try to copy files (especially large files) to or from a USB flash drive? Now in this post from MiniTool, you can see what to do when file transfer speed drops to zero Windows 11/10.

A USB flash drive is a common data storage device that plugs into your computer via a USB port. However, sometimes you may encounter some USB-related issues, such as USB keeps showing deleted files. Today we are going to talk about the Windows 10 USB copy large file stuck issue.

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How to Fix USB File Transfer Stuck at 0 or 99

Fix 1. Use a USB 3.0/3.1 Port

When facing the USB file transfer stuck at 0 bytes issue, the first thing you need to do is to change a new USB port. Make sure your computer has a USB 3.0/3.1 port and the USB drive supports a USB 3.0/3.1 port, then connect your USB drive to the computer through this port. With a USB 3.0/3.1 port, the USB file transfer rate should improve.

Fix 2. Disable the Windows Search Service Temporarily

Window Search service provides content indexing, property caching, and search results for files, e-mails, and other content. However, sometimes it prevents file transfer from running smoothly. So, to fix the “Windows 10 USB copy large file stuck” error, you can try to disable the Windows Search service temporarily.

Step 1. In the Windows search box, type services and then click Services from the best match result.

Step 2. In the new window, scroll down to double-click Windows Search.

Step 3. Now configure the Startup type to Disabled and click the OK button.

disable the Windows Search service

Restart your computer and check whether the USB file transfer speed returns to normal.

Fix 3. Run USB Drive Error Checking

USB file system errors can cause the “USB file transfer stuck at 0” issue. Windows allows you to check and fix file system errors by running USB drive error checking.

Step 1. Press Windows + E key combinations to open File Explorer.

Step 2. Move on to the This PC section in the left panel and then right-click the USB drive to select Properties.

Step 3. Go to the Tools tab, and then click the Check button under the Error checking section.

error checking the USB drive

Step 4. Wait for the process to complete.

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Fix 4. Format the Drive to NTFS

Sometimes the USB file transfer stuck at 0 issues happens because the USB drive is not formatted to the correct file system. According to a survey, the read and write speeds of NTFS are faster than that of FAT32.


Warning: Formatting the USB drive will erase all data on it. So, you had better back up all your important files beforehand. Here you can use MiniTool ShadowMaker, the best data backup software that can be used to back up files, folders, Windows systems, entire disks, and so on.

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To format the USB drive effectively, you can choose a professional partition manager. MiniTool Partition Wizard is a reliable partition management tool that not only can format drives but also can copy disks, extend partitions, change drive letters when the drive letter is not available, and so on.

You can click the button below to free download MiniTool Partition Wizard to give it a try.

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Major steps to format a USB drive with MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Step 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its main interface.

Step 2. Select the target USB drive. In the left panel, scroll down to click the Format Partition button.

format the partition

Step 3. In the pop-up window, set up the partition label and cluster size, and select the NTFS file system from the drop-down menu. After that, click OK.

select NTFS

Step 4. Click the Apply button located in the lower left corner to make the pending operation take effect.

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scan the USB drive

Fix 5. Transfer Files in Safe Mode

Safe mode is designed to help you fix problems within your operating system. It allows basic system programs and services to be started at startup so that system errors can be detected and fixed. When the USB transfer speed drops to 0, you can try to transfer the data in safe mode.

You can read this post to enter the safe mode: How to Start Windows 10 in Safe Mode (While Booting) [6 Ways]. Then transfer data between your USB drive and the PC again to check if the transfer stuck issue has gone.

Bottom Line

Reading here, you should already know how to deal with the matter of “USB file transfer stuck at 0”. Just try the methods listed above.

If you have any questions about this post or MiniTool software, please feel free to contact us via [email protected].

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