Very slow copying from Raspberry PI to Google drive

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

I am getting around 4-5 MBytes/s when copying from raspberry pi 4 to google drive but I am getting around 60 MBytes/s when copying from windows to google drive

What is your rclone version (output from rclone version)

rclone v1.52.2

  • os/arch: linux/arm
  • go version: go1.14.4

Which OS you are using and how many bits (eg Windows 7, 64 bit)

"Raspbian GNU/Linux 10 (buster), 32bit

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

Google drive

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

rclone copy --verbose --transfers 4 --checkers 8 --contimeout 60s --timeout 300s --retries 3 --low-level-retries 10 --stats 1s --stats-file-name-length 0 --fast-list /srv/dev-disk-by-label-Data1/downloads/completed/ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso crypt:

The rclone config contents with secrets removed.

type = drive
client_id = XXX
client_secret = XXX
scope = drive
token = XXX
team_drive = XXX

type = crypt
remote = gdrive:/crypt
filename_encryption = standard
directory_name_encryption = true
password = XXX
password2 = XXX

A log from the command with the -vv flag

2020/07/14 05:31:57 DEBUG : rclone: Version "v1.52.2" starting with parameters ["rclone" "copy" "-vv" "--log-file" "/srv/dev-disk-by-label-Data/appdata/rclone/rclone.log" "--verbose" "--transfers" "4" "--checkers" "8" "--contimeout" "60s" "--timeout" "300s" "--retries" "3" "--low-level-retries" "10" "--stats" "1s" "--stats-file-name-length" "0" "--fast-list" "/srv/dev-disk-by-label-Data1/downloads/completed/ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso" "crypt:"]
2020/07/14 05:31:57 DEBUG : Using config file from "/home/pi/.config/rclone/rclone.conf"
2020/07/14 05:31:57 DEBUG : fs cache: renaming cache item "/srv/dev-disk-by-label-Data1/downloads/completed/ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso" to be canonical "/srv/dev-disk-by-label-Data1/downloads/completed"
2020/07/14 05:32:00 DEBUG : ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso: Need to transfer - File not found at Destination
2020/07/14 05:32:00 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	         0 / 2.529 GBytes, 0%, 0 Bytes/s, ETA -
Transferred:            0 / 1, 0%
Elapsed time:         0.5s
 * ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso:  0% /2.529G, 0/s, -

2020/07/14 05:32:01 DEBUG : h39g744r4mekhgab4djeruccskh62fug7t216sgbqm5d8p2u883g: Sending chunk 0 length 8388608
2020/07/14 05:32:01 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	  640.172k / 2.529 GBytes, 0%, 410.782 kBytes/s, ETA 1h47m33s
Transferred:            0 / 1, 0%
Elapsed time:         1.5s
 * ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso:  0% /2.529G, 0/s, -

2020/07/14 05:32:02 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	    2.938M / 2.529 GBytes, 0%, 1.148 MBytes/s, ETA 37m32s
Transferred:            0 / 1, 0%
Elapsed time:         2.5s
 * ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso:  0% /2.529G, 928.272k/s, 47m33s

2020/07/14 05:32:03 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	    5.470M / 2.529 GBytes, 0%, 1.537 MBytes/s, ETA 28m
Transferred:            0 / 1, 0%
Elapsed time:         3.5s
 * ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso:  0% /2.529G, 1.386M/s, 31m4s

2020/07/14 05:32:04 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	        8M / 2.529 GBytes, 0%, 1.755 MBytes/s, ETA 24m30s
Transferred:            0 / 1, 0%
Elapsed time:         4.5s
 * ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso:  0% /2.529G, 1.727M/s, 24m54s

2020/07/14 05:32:04 DEBUG : h39g744r4mekhgab4djeruccskh62fug7t216sgbqm5d8p2u883g: Sending chunk 8388608 length 8388608
2020/07/14 05:32:05 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	   11.096M / 2.529 GBytes, 0%, 1.991 MBytes/s, ETA 21m35s
Transferred:            0 / 1, 0%
Elapsed time:         5.5s
 * ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso:  0% /2.529G, 1.899M/s, 22m37s

2020/07/14 05:32:06 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	   13.972M / 2.529 GBytes, 1%, 2.130 MBytes/s, ETA 20m8s
Transferred:            0 / 1, 0%
Elapsed time:         6.5s
 * ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso:  0% /2.529G, 2.047M/s, 20m57s

2020/07/14 05:32:07 DEBUG : h39g744r4mekhgab4djeruccskh62fug7t216sgbqm5d8p2u883g: Sending chunk 16777216 length 8388608
2020/07/14 05:32:07 INFO  : 
Transferred:   	   16.629M / 2.529 GBytes, 1%, 2.200 MBytes/s, ETA 19m29s
Transferred:            0 / 1, 0%
Elapsed time:         7.5s
 * ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso:  0% /2.529G, 2.161M/s, 19m50s

hello and welcome to the forum

have you done this?

what is the rclone command you are using on windows?


Thanks. :slight_smile:

Yes i am using my own client ID and I use the same command in windows.

  C:\Users\Dew\AppData\Local\Programs\Rclone Browser\rclone-v1.52.2-windows-amd64\rclone.exe copy --verbose --transfers 4 --checkers 8 --contimeout 60s --timeout 300s --retries 3 --low-level-retries 10 --stats 1s --stats-file-name-length 0 --fast-list E:\Videos\Movies\XXX.mkv crypt:OMV
  • figure out the max upload speed using pi4.
  • is the pi4 using a lan or wifi?
  • can you do internet speed tests for both computers.
rclone copy --verbose --transfers 1 --checkers 1 /srv/dev-disk-by-label-Data1/downloads/completed/ubuntu-20.04-desktop-amd64.iso crypt:
  • How do i figure out the max upload speed?

  • Pi is on LAN

  • PI speed

Download: 23.62 Mbit/s Upload: 43.95 Mbit/s

  • Windows

Around 1 GB Mbps

on the pi4, for /srv/dev-disk-by-label-Data1/
is that usb drive, sdcard, or what?

that does does not look correct?
perhaps 1Gbps which is 1000Mbps


is that correct?

Yes.. that's a USB drive connected to the USB 3 port.

Windows = 1000Mbps

so the pi4 internet upload speed is just 4.4% as compared to windoz?

are the pi4 and the windoz on the same lan?

about that usb3 drive,

  • is it using UASP or not?
  • ssd or not?
  • can you test its performance?
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An upload speed of 43 Mbit/s is about 4.5 Mbyte/s so that is probably the thing to work on.

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thanks.. i am asking for help in the other forum regarding the ethernet speed. I have already tried to disconnect the wifi so i'm not sure why it is getting such a slow speed.

It is indeed a network issue. Thanks for the help and please close this! :slight_smile:

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What was the problem in the end?

hi @Dew,

i just purchased a pi4, and was getting slow upload speeds.

using pip, i updated speedtest-cli and got better speeds.
i was going to post about here this morning, but you beat me to it.

but no where near my windows laptop speeds.

could you share what you learned?
and what is your upload/download speeds using rclone and speedtest-cli .


I had a docker image running openVPN but I set it to use host network instead of bridge network. This affected the host network speed as it was going through the VPN too. Hope it help!

I am now getting close to windows speed with speedtest on the PI4 and having around 30-40 MB transfer speed using rclone.

me too, i get good speeds using speedtest.
with rclone, 30-40 MB, that is all i can get with rclone.
on my windows laptop, i can easily saturate my 1Gbps fiber optic connection.

I got around 60-70MB on windows anyway i am not too particular as there is a 750GB upload limit to gdrive.

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