moved itunes library-long delays

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mtondreo, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. mtondreo macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2011
    not sure if this is the right section - but I will try here. I just finished moving my movies to an external wd 1tb hard drive hooked up via usb and now it takes a long time for it to load libraries and movies. My network speed is good. Should I be expecting these delays because my library is now "hanging off" my imac (latest model entry level 21.5), or have I done something wrong. If these delays are common, I may just put them back on the imac (not deleted yet anyway, just rerouted). Thanks, Mike
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    if it's connected via USB, network speed has nothing to do with it.

    is it just when you first access something? it's quite possible the drive has spun down due to inactivity, it'll take a few seconds to start back up, you probably can hear it do so.
  3. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    We have two 2 tb wd drives in an OWC enclosure connected to the same model iMac and our access times are very good, almost instant.

    It is connected by FireWire though and not USB.
  4. mtondreo thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2011
    Little update-it appears it only when initially connecting to the movie. I went to a few of the movies my daughter watched earlier today and they loaded quickly. My atv is wireless it is just the harddrive that is usb - however i was under the impression these were usb2 and should quicker times than firewire. This drive was very cheap though on sale at a large retailer so it is only usb anyway - but was mac formatted (i am still very new to the mac world, so easy was better). Thanks for the replies, but it does seem like it is some type of routing or something delay only initially (i had network problems earlier also, so that may be part of it). Thanks again, Mike.
  5. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    USB2 is only faster then Firwire400, not 800, as Firwire800 has a sustained speed greater then USB2.

    More then likely, your drives are going into sleep mode and needing to spin up is causing your delay.

    CHeck your energy settings on the mac, and keep the HDD awake.

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