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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Do you guys use software? Time Machine? Or copy and paste?
     
  9. Dagless macrumors Core

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    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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