Buffalo NAS excruciatingly slow to open folders.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by iHateMacs, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. iHateMacs macrumors 6502a

    iHateMacs

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    Hi, I could ask this on the Buffalo forums but I thought I might get a better class of answer from Mac users rather than unhelpful comments from Windows users.

    I have a Linkstation Duo connectec to my Mac Pro 2009 and even just showing the contents of a folder in Finder takes a couple on minutes. I have one folder that contains 2300 mp3 files and I have given up waiting to see the contents of that.

    I can't remember it being this bad before. It's a backup drive so I have only ever written to it before and not really read anything back.

    I don't know it Lion is a problem with it or not. I have updated to firmware to the latest and it's made no difference.

    Any ideas or experiences with this drive?
     
  2. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    I am thinking it may be Lion as 10.7 was crashing NAS' at work. Most likely an issue with Apples "new" SMB stack. Do you have the ability to get 10.7.3 beta's? I'd find a 10.6 box to test against the NAS, rule that out 1st.
     
  3. iHateMacs thread starter macrumors 6502a

    iHateMacs

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    Hi Thanks for the reply. I have access to three Macs but all are on Lion :-/

    Do you think it's likely that 1.7.3 might resolve this?
     
  4. Neodym macrumors 65816

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    Don't know whether it's related, but i see a similar behaviour with a Drobo FS accessed from a 2006 MP1,1 running 10.6 Snow Leopard. I'm relatively sure that Drobo is using AFP (can't check it currently).

    So maybe the issue is related to either the general Ethernet implementation of Apple or the poor caching of directory and folder information on various NAS flavours rather than to Lion specifically...
     
  5. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Maybe. They are always fixing things just not very good at telling you what they fixed.:D
    "General performance increases" pretty much sums up their white papers.
    10.7 really did have a very hard time in mixed environments initially. Home local users praised 10.7. People who need networking to work well were not so happy.
     
  6. xgman macrumors 601

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    I'm not sure that there is a clear answer to this problem. I had the buffalo also and the slow problem and tried an Iomega which was much faster but even that I had to play with different ways of accessing it and it is now at least acceptable, if not great speed. There is definitely something wonky going on though and unfortunately I really haven;t been able to pin it down. For what it is worth, it didn't seem any faster on the Snow Leopard install before I regarded to Lion.

    I tend to use the Finder "connect to server" menu using "AFB" and the ip address which seems to get in faster.
     

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