Base Station AirDisk vs. Ethernet Hard Drive? Superduper

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by RickR, May 28, 2007.

  1. RickR macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2006
    A friend of mine recently bought the Airport Extreme Base Station and put a 500Gig Western Digital MyBook Premium on it. I'm considering getting the same setup but he is having some perfomance issues which concern me.
    He uses this to store media files and to make backups using Chronosync of data files. Where he ran into a problem is he's trying to use SuperDuper to do a hard drive backup. It works fine if he uses a firewire Lacie drive connected directly to his computer but when he runs into a problem is when he uses Superduper to back up to this AirDisk. It will find the backup location but often during backup fails at some point. Also, if he uses Finder to copy files over it works fine for small files or just a few files but if he transfers a large amount of data at some point it fails. He hasn't had any network performance problems in the past and is using a C2D MBP. He has even run into problems when he tries to delete files off of this AirDisk.

    1. I have a Airport Extreme Base Station and have wanted to get the same drive but now I'm wondering if I'm better off getting a Ethernet drive such as the Western Digital World Edition. I know it costs a little more but would performance be better than using a drive on the Airport Base Station?

    2. Is it something my friend could be doing wrong with Superduper that is causing this problem?

    3. I like how with his base station anytime he restarts his mac it simply automatically logs onto this Airport Base Station drive. It seems so integrated and easy to use. Would the same be true with using a Ethernet drive? I like the simplicity of it being there and doing a 'auto logon'. I have used networked drives before where you have to go to the network to find the drives but these were shared drives on Windows machines.
  2. RickR thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2006
    I forgot to ask this but if I go with a Ethernet drive is there a better choice than the Western Digital drive?
  3. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    I haven't had issues with copying stuff across the network, but I have found that Azureus will occasionally say "WTF?" at a completed download, rescan it, and find that a sizeable portion of the download is corrupted, and then have to re-download it.

    I initially thought it might be disk failure, but it hasn't affected anything else... did appropriate checks, etc.

    I expect it's a firmware issue. AirDisk is also very slow, tragically, so I'm hoping we'll get a firmware update on that issue too.

    I'm willing to wait, given my historic laziness and otherwise complete happiness with the product (and rare occurence of problem). You might not.

    On other things you discussed: AirDisk is handled very nicely. I like it a lot. I've tried other things (scripting, etc) to make normal AFP shares handled similarly. They don't work anywhere near as nicely.
  4. micsaund macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2004
    Colorado, USA
    I've seen the issues with my new AEX with a connected drive.

    I tried using Prosoft DataBackup and it kept failing.

    Currently, I've got the airdisk mounted and I'm running an rsync in a shell, and it periodically gives "protocol errors" and whatnot (which it obviously should not since I'm syncing to a mounted filesystem and not a remote host).

    I'm also hoping that they fix the firmware as I'm pretty disappointed with the performance and reliability (reliability meaning that I can count on the thing for doing backups/etc.) and I hope they do it quickly. I think they'll have to fix these bugs if they ever expect you to use the drive with Time Machine...

    EDIT: Well, several hours later, I had yet another backup (via cmdline rsync) fail a couple times. I'm thinking this AE turd is going back to Amazon until the next version comes out...


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