Snow Leopard and Firewire 400

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Shuttleworth, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. Shuttleworth macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2008
    Anyone else noticed FW400 being very slow after converting to SL?

    My Aperture library is on a 1TB drive in a FW400/USB2 enclosure.
    After SL install, importing became painfully slow, taking 40 mins to import less than 2GB from SD card.

    I did the usual Aperture things, vacuuming, rebuilding the library, deleting the plist, no better.

    I tried moving the file from the SD card to the FW drive using finder, and again it said it'd take 40mins.

    I copied it to my desktop then tried to copy it to the FW drive, again 40 mins.

    I connected the drive using the USB2 cable, and it did it in 'about a minute'.

    I guess the issue is probably compatibility of the FW drive firmware with SL, but I've no idea how I'd update that!
  2. lannister80 macrumors 6502


    Apr 7, 2009
    Hmm, I have a 2008 Mac Pro and I haven't noticed any slowdown on FW400.

    I ran Time Machine for the first time since the install, and it did 14GB of backup to my external enclosure in a reasonable amount of time (not sure what, but certainly not hours and hours).
  3. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    yeah i haven't noticed any changes on my Mac mini either w/ the FW400.

    sorry bud :/
  4. Shuttleworth thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2008
    I've read that some people have problems and some don't, it must be related to my particular HD enclosure.

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