Airport extreme write to USB hard drive - slow!?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by iwannamac, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. iwannamac macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Admittedly new to the world of wireless networking. Have my 1TB LaCie USB hard drive plugged into my AirPort Extreme. I had high hopes of keeping my iPhoto and iTunes libraries on this hard drive for access downstairs with my MacBook. Got it all setup tonight, and attempted to put a 1.5GB file from my MacBook on the hard drive. According to Finder it was going to take 8 hours to complete the transfer! Does this sound right? I realize USB is slow, but I didn't think that slow. The Belkin-N300 router I had before was faster than this on the USB sharing side.
  2. iwannamac thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Update: Hard drive must have been initializing or something...I tried the same file again about 10 minutes later, and this time was able to transfer 1.5GB to the USB drive in under 5 minutes. Much better!
  3. iwannamac, Dec 17, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2010

    iwannamac thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Interesting. Seems to be very inconsistent. Sometimes takes 5 minutes, sometimes takes 6 hours (indicated) for the same file. Turned the hard drive off and on again, and seems to be working fine now (fast), so I guess the problem is in the hard drive itself.
  4. benchley macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    Same problem

    Were you ever able to get this working fast? I have an airport extreme with a 1TB LaClia drive, and want to do the same iPhoto, iTunes sharing. It is impossible to use, and now I am thinking about trying to go firewire direct to the drive and have one of my macs as a file server. Tx

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