I know that the first one is supposed to take a long time, but can someone let me know what is going on? I have a 2010 Mac Mini that I have upgraded to 8GB of RAM. I am running the OS off a LaCie 1 TB external running it through FW800. Everything is running well. I just picked up a WD My Book Studio Edition II 2 TB FW800 drive to use as additional storage (partition 1) and Time Machine (partition 2). I have daisy chained the FW drives. I set my Time Machine up to backup about 400 GB of files from one FW drive to the other. At the same time I am copying over about another 400 GB of files from the OS drive to the partition 1 extra storage portion of the new drive. The 400 GB of copying is taking about 3 hours. That seems OK to me. The Time Machine backup is MUCH slower. I have had it running for about an hour+, and it finished 400 MB of 400 GB. Not that math is my strong suit, but that is on pace to finish my Time Machine backup in 33 days. What gives?