How long should it take to transfer info??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by edward-k, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. edward-k macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2004
    I finally got around to setting up my new I-Mac 24" 2.8 tonight. After a trip to best buy to pick up a Firewire cable, i ran thru the setup assistant and answered 'yes' when asked if I wanted to transfer info from my old mac (a Power PC G5 2.5 x 2). I ran thru the steps and it seemed to start the transfer..howver after coming back a few minuites later, I noticed the time to finish at 5+ hours? Can this be right? The time is clicking down appropriatly though... My G5 hard drive was about 70% full (160gig). Just seems like an awful long time, I am tempted to start over but i'm afraid to stop it mid-process? Any thoughts? THanks Ed
  2. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007

    I only had an 80GB drive to do migration assistant with, and yes it took a long time! You have to be patient, remember there are 100,000's of folders in OSX that need to be transfered, etc.
  3. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

    Leon Kowalski

    Sep 20, 2007
    Gondwanaland Reunification Front HQ
    Maximum FW400 transfer rate is about 180 GB/hour -- but I have no idea how
    quickly (slowly?) a G5 can move files from the hard drive to the firewire port.

    ...5 hours sounds high, but not entirely ridiculous,

  4. adamfishercox macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2007
    The longest it's taken me was 2 hours. The shortest was an hour and a half. This was with 40-50 GB of data.
  5. edward-k thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2004
    all worked out

    It did end up taking the whole 5 hours for 120gigs, everything seems to have transfered over fine. Thanks for your input.

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