Target disk mode thunderbolt speed slow?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by erastfandorin, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. erastfandorin macrumors newbie

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    I have a mid 2013 Macbook Air with blazing fast 256gb ssd and a 2011 Mac Mini Server with a 512gb crucial mx100 ssd and a 2tb m9t hdd.
    Both running Yosemite 10.10

    Using Blackmagic Disk Speed Test the Macbook Air hits around 680MB/s write and 700MB/s read. The Mac mini ssd hits around 480MB/s write and 500MB/s read.

    I connect them via Thunderbolt and restart the mini in target disk mode.
    When sending files from the Air to the mini ssd the speeds average around only 150MB/s.
    Is this normal? What sort of speeds are other users getting in similar ssd to ssd transfers?
    I've tried varies sizes and types of files with similar speeds.

    I had really expected the transfer speeds to be approaching 300MB/s. Am I right in thinking thats the sort of speeds that should be possible?
    Whats causing the slow down? is this really as fast as target disk mode gets?
     
  2. stempsons macrumors regular

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    what's are the speeds when selecting the mac mini target disk from the macbook air's black magic app?
     
  3. erastfandorin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've not actually tried that yet... Ill do it right now. :)

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    Doing as you said on the mac mini ssd write speed is around 135 and and read is around 185!

    Why is this? Its pretty disappointing!

    As I said the Crucial ssd hits around 500MB/s when testing from the mac mini.

    Thanks
     
  4. stempsons macrumors regular

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    Hmm, that's very strange. I'm getting almost native speeds through thunderbolt with a similar setup. I'm using a 2014 mac mini with fusion drive as a file server to my mac pro, and speeds are over 400+ write, 600+ read...Not sure what the issue is with your setup :(
     
  5. erastfandorin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah its really strange... No idea whats causing it. Are you running your mac mini in target disk mode then yeah?

    Anyone else notice slow speeds via thunderbolt?
     
  6. stempsons macrumors regular

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    No, I'm just running it without a monitor and using a shared folder for iTunes and photo storage. I've tested it both ways, and transfer rate is the same through thunderbolt.
     
  7. erastfandorin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just tried something else there with strange results...

    I had been setting the mac mini in target disk mode when transferring files but instead this time I put the macbook air into target disk mode.

    This time file transfers were what one would expect! Over 300MB/s.
    That baffles me even more. Why would it matter which computer is put into target disk mode?

    In the future I'll simply put the macbook in target disk mode instead and that solves the problem.

    But can any technical folk tell me whats behind this??

    Thanks
     
  8. erastfandorin thread starter macrumors newbie

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  9. rockdirector macrumors newbie

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    As I understand it, Target Disk Mode run on EFI and doesn't have the full TB functionality of the OS.
     

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