Networking from NTFS-drive going really slow

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Volante, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. Volante macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2008
    So I just got my mac pro, everything is fine... but... I'm copying 20 gig worth of music from my old PC with win xp sp2, and the estimated time is 9hours. This can't be true over a 100mbit-ethernet network? Is it the NTFS-drive that's slowing the process down or what?
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    I don't have any good suggestions, but since you're connecting to the NTFS volume via the network, the format doesn't have anything to do with it--drive formats really only make a difference to the host OS, not one accessing the volume over a network.

    Essentially the MacOS is seeing it as an SMB volume (Windows networking) regardless of its local format, and SMB shouldn't cause any problems.

    The source of your slow transfer is either network weirdness or some sort of glitch in one or the other of the computers involved that's causing slow transfers. Most likely would be you have a hub that's only operating at 10Mbit rather than 100--that would lead to a 20GB transfer taking on the order of 5-10 hours. Have you checked to make sure both computers are connected at 100Mbit? (System Profiler or Network Utility on the Mac, I think the Networks window on XP.)
  3. Volante thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2008
    Thanks for the reply, router is a 10/100, windows is 100mbit and the mac pro is set at 100mbit. I'm returning the computer tho, for another issue, but I will probably be having this issue again in a week or so. I saw some commands that you could enter, but I don't remember which..

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