Fastest way to transfer files to Mac Pro over network

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  1. Versacepoptart macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2016 MBP that is my main computer for video editing. I needed extra storage and looking at NAS/DAS prices hurt me. I decided to purchase a 2009 cMP and and use that as my NAS. I have a Samsung 128GB SSD as a boot drive. 3 8tb HDDs and a 1tb NVMe drive. On my network im only getting about 40MB/s read and write. What is the absolute fastest way i can be transferring files to the MP. The NVMe drive gets around 1200MB/s read write internally. i was thinking USB c card but apparently the computer needs to be in Target Disk mode and i dont want to do that. Any suggestions.
     
  2. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    Use cable but not wifi, then it should be very easy to stay at ~110MB/s (the max speed that can achieve via 1Gbps LAN).

    I think there is a thunderbolt to 10Gbps LAN adaptor available for your MBP. And the cMP can install 10Gbps network card as well.

    So, if you want 1000MB/s transfer (assuming no bottleneck in any other area). You may go for the 10Gbps network.
     
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  4. Versacepoptart thread starter macrumors newbie

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    MBP is wifi and the cMP is cat 6 to router
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    Are there any cheap 10gbps cards around at this point? last i checked they were insanely expensive
     
  5. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    Use cable all the way, your MBP's wifi created a bottleneck.

    For cMP, this doesn't looks too expensive to me.

    https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...-for-10gbe-on-mac-pros.1959937/#post-22680347

    However, for MBP, it's thunderbolt but not PCIe, good luck!
     
  6. bsbeamer macrumors 68020

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    If using your network (rather than direct connection), make sure the wired ports on your router support more than 10/100Mbps if you're going through the hassle and expense of upgrades. Some newer dual band and multifunction routers do not have 1000Mbps ports on them.
     
  7. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    Good advice.

    I had to upgrade my router to a Gbps capable one when I got the 200 Mbps cable modem.
     
  8. kohlson macrumors 68000

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    I regularly transfer FCPX libraries from a 2013 15-MBP to a 4/5,1 - 75-300+ GBs. Occasionally I forget to plug in the TB-Ether adapter into the MBP before doing so...

    IIRC, a wired transfer through a D-Link gigabit switch, I see speeds of 40-85MBs. This is writing to a 7200rpm HDD. Practically speaking, it's about 5x faster. The wifi router (a hockey-puck Airport Express) site about 4 feet away.

    As an aside, I am consider using a USB3 SSD as an FCPX working drive. Then, just plug it into whichever system you want. (I have a USB3 card in the MP.)
     
  9. thornslack macrumors 6502

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    Would port aggregation be of any benefit here?
     
  10. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    AFAIK, technically it can combine the two Gbps LAN on the cMP into a single connection and allow ~220MB/s transfer speed.

    However, OP will also need 2x TB - LAN adaptors on the MBP side. And the setup of port aggregation is simple, but not always work. Especially if it’s not direct connection, but via router.

    It’s not a bad idea if the cMP has Wifi, and MBP has 2x LAN. So that, the LAN only transfer files with direct cable connection. And the computers connect to internet by Wifi.
     
  11. SamirPD macrumors member

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    The options for almost any speed you want are there--just depends on how bad you want it. You could hit closer to the NVME speed if you want to use 10Gb and then just direct connect the two systems together.
     

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