The shared back-office computer where I work is reading from and writing to USB extremely slow – like almost 1 Mb/s at its peak. The computer is running Windows 7, and may or may not have been rebooted in the last few weeks (which is the first thing I'm trying after writing up this question and finishing morning paperwork, lol).
Copying everything off of the drive, formatting it, and copying everything back in did pretty much nothing, as I could have expected. It wasn't until I re-formatted the flash drive, ejected it, inserted it into another USB port, and copied everything back onto it that it finally jumped up to around 1 Mb/s (before, it was averaging around 600 Kb/s).
I have no administrator access on this computer, as it is a shared work computer. I've been charged with getting this flash drive to read and write faster, but every solution I've run across on the Win7 forums – and even some on SU – requires changing some settings in the Device Manager or something of the like.
tl;dr – Is there any method for speeding up read/write access to flash drives that doesn't involve deleting their entries in the DM or changing sharing capabilities (or anything else that doesn't require admin access)?
Possibly related: a folder on the flash drive refused to be deleted, citing that the folder itself was open in another program. It wasn't until I formatted it (which warned me again that the folder was in use) that the folder finally gave it up and succumbed to Shift-Delete.