I need to back up 50-60GB of data... how long will it take?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by GregUofMN, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
  2. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    It you get a lot of paper and start writing down the 1's and 0's it should only take you forever.
  3. GregUofMN thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2003
    I was simply going to copy and paste my Documents, Music and Photos to an external drive. Or I might set up Time Machine. Is it worth it to set up Time Machine to a non-wireless, external harddrive?

    Also, is there a ratio of transfering a GB of data using firewire or USB2?
  4. GregUofMN thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2003
    I started doing that because I'm too cheap to buy an external HD, but I gave in and bought one anyway.
  5. darylk macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2007
    Your HDD speed, USB connection, hard drive manufacturer will all affect the time it takes.

    I can copy about 40 gigs over in 10 mins or something
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Really how?
    I backed up less than that in more time than that on FW 800 from a 5400 RPM drive to a 7200 RPM drive.
  7. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    New York City
    I've actually had similar experiences. I have a 7200RPM drive hooked to a USB adapter connected to my Macbook Pro and it took about 15 minutes to copy roughly 45GB of photos (I do this every few weeks, I HATE time machine).

    5400rpm might actually be a bottleneck for Firewire 800, or you may have a problem with your controller. What chipset is the firewire controller?
  8. GregUofMN thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2003
    Do you guys use software? Time Machine? Or copy and paste?
  9. Dagless Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    I just use copy and paste with my USB2 drive. I think I backed up my 300gb drive onto a 500gb drive a while back and that took a long time, can't remember how long. Maybe 4 hours?

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