Maximize Download Speed To HDD For Raspberry Pi

Maximize Download Speed To HDD For Raspberry Pi

Sometimes the download speed is very slow when downloading to HDD when using Raspberry Pi. However, there are a few solutions that can be used to get the most out of our devices.

Using the following tricks, you can get consistent speeds of 90MB/s and bursts of up to 103MB/s.

Raspberry Pi maximized download speed
  1. Use the best torrent client

    I tried several torrent clients, but the one that worked best for me was qBittorrent in terms of speed, stability and usability. Installation instructions here

  2. Replace the cable

    I used a USB2, non-UASP capable HDD dock for my Raspberry Pi for a while, but as soon as I replaced it with a USB3 cable with UASP support, the download speed increased to 2.5x. You can buy such a cable on AliExpress and eBay

    USB SATA UASP cable increase download speed raspberry pi
  3. Fine-tuning fstab settings

    As I've already explained in this article, fine-tuning certain settings can speed up the operation of the Raspberry Pi. The attached HDD is no exception. Modify the /etc/fstab file as follows:
    UUID=f73e7c93-6ccd-d201-503e-7c736ccad201 /mnt/Torrent ext4 defaults,noatime,nofail,data=writeback,commit=120 0 2

If you want more speed on your Raspberry Pi, check out this article.


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