Copying Files to Ext. HD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sdahe, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Sdahe macrumors 68000

    Sdahe

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    Hello,

    I was just copying some files to an external usb hard drive and I notice how long it takes to copy 450MB. I have a folder with 5,450 JPGs in low resolution and it's taking forever to copy to the external hd. What could be happening?
     
  2. GoreVidal macrumors 6502a

    GoreVidal

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    What kind of drive is the source and your external? And how long is "forever"?
     
  3. Sdahe thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sdahe

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    I'm copying from a Macbook Pro to a Seagate External HD... it took like 20 minutes.

    The iPhone took less to copy 5GB of music..
     
  4. GoreVidal macrumors 6502a

    GoreVidal

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    It's possible the CPU has to work harder to get those files. I find some folders take longer to copy than others with the same amount of stuff. Not sure why. Something with the permissions or hierarchy perhaps?
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Copying thousands of small files will take longer just because there's so many more files to copy.
     

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