transferTo method in org.apache.hadoop.mapred.FadvisedFileRegion is using transferTo method from a FileChannel to transfer data from a disk to socket. This is performing slow in Windows, slower than in Linux. The reason is that transferTo method for the java.nio is issuing 32K IO requests all the time. In Windows, these 32K transfers are not optimal and we don't get the best performance form the underlying IO subsystem. In order to achieve better performance when reading from the drives, we need to read data in bigger chunks, 512K for example.