Restoring my data - taking 18 hours?!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PMcCarthy89, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. PMcCarthy89 macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2009
    So I'm restoring my data (roughly 78GB) because, when trying to partition my disk, I got the annoying "large files cannot be moved blah blah" error. So I backed up (which took almost 5 hours), formatted, and am now currently restoring, at an estimated time of 18-21 hours (it fluctuates, even said 1 day 5 hours at one point). I'm using an old LaCie 120 External, a few years old, but at the least it should be 5400 RPM. Is there a problem that's causing it to take this long, or is this normal?

    Oh, I forgot to list specs. On the 2.4 ghz Core 2 Duo, 2GB ram, 8600m GT model.
  2. jpefjr macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2008
    Assuming it takes 20 hours to restore 78GB that's approximately 1 MB per second which does seem slow. Is the LaCie a USB drive?
  3. PMcCarthy89 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2009
    No it's firewire. It seems to have just jumped down to 4 hours, so that's a relief. Let's just hope it stays down there =)
  4. dan5.5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2008
    the estimated time on these things is so random and crazy, I would worry about it too much. It should finish in about 3-4 hours.

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