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File Transfer Time Chart First Published: May 1, 2003
Last Revised: March 15, 2011

Transfer Time Summary

Mbps MBps MBpm 10MB 100MB 1GB 1TB
0.033 0.004 0.248 0:40:24 6:44:02 67:20:24 2805.8
1 0.125 7.500 0:01:20 0:13:20 2:13:20 92.6
5 0.625 380:00:16 0:02:40 0:26:40 18.5
10 1.250 750:00:08 0:01:20 0:13:20 9.3
25 3.125 1880:00:03 0:00:32 0:05:20 3.7
50 6.250 3750:00:02 0:00:16 0:02:40 1.9
100 12.500 7500:00:01 0:00:08 0:01:20 22:13:20
1000 1257500 0:00:00 0:00:01 0:00:08 2:13:20
10000 1250 75000 0:00:00 0:00:00 0:00:01 0:13:20

Transfer Rate

KBps Mbps Mbps KBps
50 0.4 1 125
100 0.8 2 250
500 4 5 625
1,000 8 10 1,250
5,000 40 50 6,250
10,000 80 100 12,500
50,000 400 500 62,500
100,000 800 1000 125,000

Pick a column that approximates your expected upload speed (in Kbps/KBps). Then pick a row that is close to your file size. The time is in HH:MM:SS (except for a few very large size, low speed transfer, which are expressed in number of days). Typical Internet users can expect 300-600 Kbps upload.

The right side of the chart is for Local Area Network (LAN) transfer. The 3 columns represent different Ethernet speeds: 10 BaseT, 100 BaseT & Gigabit Ethernet, across typical light traffic networks, from one computer hard drive to another computer hard drive. Note that with these relatively high speed lines (unlike the Internet), actual through-put is not even close to the theoretical rated speed, as other bottlenecks and overheads are becoming more significant.

DVD Transfer Time Chart

This is a look-up table to the time it takes to burn a DVD or transfer the image across the network.

For example: A disc containing 8 Gigabyte would take 42 minutes to burn on a 2.4x burner, and 32 minutes to copy over 100 BaseT network under ideal conditions (no other traffic).

May common sense always prevail. May it be more common. -SCC