Mac OS Poor File Copy

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by TrackZ, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. TrackZ macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2010
    Hi. I'm new to Mac OS with a retina MacBook Pro. I'm finding the OS to be incredibly crappy copy large quantities of files. I'm doing some photo management. Copying 3,000 or so files from an SD card to the local HD. Do some management (editing, renaming, etc). Then copying those same files to a Synology NAS.

    I do the copy with a command-A and then drag/drop. I find that the copy window pops up, it goes in to "prepare to copy" mode for an incredibly long time, never really gives a good indication of progress. It does always finish after what I think it way too long of a time.

    It just feels like the OS is kludgy when moving around large quantities of files. Is this normal? Windows was much more robust for these purposes, especially the new file copy dialogs and features in Windows 8. I hope Apple takes some initiative to improve this element of their OS.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I have also found file copies to another volume like this a little slower under OS X than Windows.

    What file format is the SD card? If you are using FAT32 instead of the native OS X HFS+ that will slow things down.
  3. chinhiphone macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2009
    the first thing i noticed in mac osx coming from windows was how slow everything is when copying.

    ML now reads my HDDs a lot slower than SL as well

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