Copying Help + Read/Write Speeds

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What is the problem you are having with rclone?

Hi, I'm a total newbie to rclone and am a video person not an IT person. I am using rclone to copy a ton of footage (~80TBs) off of my team's Dropbox and to an on-premises DAM. I'm using the copy command to go in large chunks, but am getting inconsistent read/write speeds. They go from 100mb/s all the way down to 1mb/s or lower. In the command, the Q: is our on-prem storage destination. Being new, I'm sure there's a better way to get write this command. Any help or guidance is greatly appreciated, thanks!

Run the command 'rclone version' and share the full output of the command.

rclone v1.65.1
  • os/version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 22H2 (64 bit)
  • os/kernel: 10.0.19045.3803 (x86_64)
  • os/type: windows
  • os/arch: amd64
  • go/version: go1.21.5
  • go/linking: static
  • go/tags: cmount

Which cloud storage system are you using? (eg Google Drive)


The command you were trying to run (eg rclone copy /tmp remote:tmp)

Paste command here


Please run 'rclone config redacted' and share the full output. If you get command not found, please make sure to update rclone.

type = dropbox
token = XXX
### Double check the config for sensitive info before posting publicly

A log from the command that you were trying to run with the -vv flag

I can't paste the log because it's currently in the middle of the copy command.

welcome to the forum,

  • need to look at a debug log by adding -vv to the command.
    not the terminal output from --P

  • create your own client id

  • use --tpslimit=12 --tpslimit-burst=0

  • fwiw, should use full paths for local/smb, not relative

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Thanks! I created my own client id and added the ==tpslimit=12 --tpslimit-burst=0 flags.

I'm getting more consistent r/w speeds. They're hovering around 35-40 mb/s. I guess that's better than bouncing all the way down to 2.

Good, there are a few other tweaks that can done.
Would be helpful, if you post the results of a internet speed test.

that is megabits per second which would be a very slow connection.
I think you meant MB/s - MegaBytes per second?

Make sure to run (to bind it to your token):

rclone config reconnect Dropbox:

after inserting client_id/secret to your config file.

Or recreate your remote from scratch.

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It's actually displaying MiB/s so a mebibit? Not exactly sure about the conversion. I've seen various conversions online to MB/s.

My speed test returned:

844.18Mbsp down
627.65Mbsp up

rclone use bytes, not bits.

MiB, which, for our purposes, is equivalent to MB.
so when posting, try to use MiB or MB.

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Ah gotcha, makes sense. Then yes, I am getting roughly 35-40MiB/s. I did not reconnect the config after establishing my clientid so I will do that next.

The key was what @asdffdsa suggested - to add tpslimit flags.

Making sure that your own client_id is really used will help even further by isolating your limits from other rclone users. It wont necessarily make anything faster:) but definitely more stable for long runs.

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