External HDD transfer rate

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by npriess, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. npriess macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    When I transfer files to an external HDD or usb flash stick I would like to keep track of the transfer rate.

    So perhaps there is a plugin or hidden function in OSX which enables the function. Just like in windows vista. :)
     
  2. firestarter macrumors 603

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    Activity Monitor in the Applications/Utilities directory.

    You can see disk throughput - both write and read.
     
  3. npriess thread starter macrumors regular

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    Seems like what I needed, thanks :)
    But isn't there a way to monitor one single transfer instead of all?

    And isn't there a plugin so it is visible from the 'transfer' window like in vista?
     
  4. firestarter macrumors 603

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    I'm not aware of any plugin.

    The transfer window tells you how many MB left to copy, and the estimated time, so you can work out the current speed from that.

    In general, Apple isn't as 'geeky' as Microsoft.
     
  5. npriess thread starter macrumors regular

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    I found the application 'iStat', which monitors all components including HDD's. :)
     
  6. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Oh right... try "iostat 1" or "iostat 10" in a Terminal window. :)

    A.
     
  7. firestarter macrumors 603

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    I know Unix... I've spent more than 15 years programming in it.

    iostat is a remnant of BSD - not Apple's invention.

    I stand by what I say. When it can, Apple tries to simplify and 'denerdify' its gui at much as possible, in contrast to Microsoft.
     
  8. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Ah well, do try and catch up, eh? :)

    A.

    (iostat is indeed an inherited unix-ism, point taken)
     

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