Mac OSX and slow file copying

HyperX13

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Sep 3, 2009
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There is one thing that bugged me about OSX. To copy files is SLOW.

Let me explain.

I stick in a USB stick and copy 40 presentations, each 20 megs or bigger. On a PC at work running Windows 7 with a slower processor, it takes 15 seconds.

At home on a Mac pro with dual processors and 32 gigs of ram, it takes 60 seconds.

This is ALWAYS the case. No matter what computer, the windows side seems to be faster. I own 8 macs at home, and I am not slamming on macs. Its just seems that IO (ssd or regular) is SLOW.

Does Mountain Lion address this issue?

(btw even if I format the drive to the mac os extended its still as slow)
 

chrysek

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Aug 4, 2010
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I have the same problem, but this is nothing, try to create encrypted DMG file, I used to be able to copy at 20 to 30mb/s to encrypted DMG image before, now its dropping to below 1mb/sec :( its freaking horrible, wish I never upgraded and paid apple money because each upgrade its actually worse than before from performacne perspective. I have 32GB RAM, i7 iMac and just drives me nuts the drop in performance :(
 

midtownhd

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Jun 25, 2012
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I've experienced something similar, copying media files. Maybe it's the OS's IO or the file system. Windows does handle these operations better.
 

maflynn

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I found that using the terminal command cp to be a bit faster so I don't think its the IO subsystem
 

Weaselboy

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Are you folks copying to a FAT32 formatted USB key/drive by any chance? That will be much slower than copying to an HFS+ (Mac format) drive.