I guess that I am not the first to meet with this problem but I have plugged through this bulletin board most of this morning and haven't found the solution to my problem. I have however learnt a lot about Macs. I might have missed something so sorry if this is a duplicated post. I am doing an initial back up for Time Machine. I've got 56Gigs worth of data to back up from my 2Ghz Uni Body MacBook (with 4gig of Ram & running OS 10.5.7). I have a newly purchased Airport Extreme base station to which is connected to a Western Digital 1 Gig External HD. I am getting a transfer rate of about 1 gig per hour. Is it really this slow? I am using a 5Ghz network to reduce interference and they are very close to each other. I tried connecting the WD drive to the MB. After I switched off Virus Barrier V5 and stopped Spotlight indexing it was quite fast. However there didn't seem a way of tricking this backup to think it was done via Airport Extreme. How could this be done? It looks like my MB is going to have to be left on and stay at home for the next couple of days!!! Any advice would be gratefully appreciated.