Videos runs very sluggish when on my external hard drive

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Samelson03, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. Samelson03 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2007
    I'm not too sure where this post belongs, so i figured i'd just put it in the "Macbook" section. When I try to play a video either on VLC or Quicktime, it's very sluggish. It runs perfectly when I drag the file to my desktop and play it from there. But, I don't want to have to do this every time I want to watch something. Anyone ever experience anything like this?
  2. redbotsoftware macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2009
    This is very common, if you are using USB to connect, even 2.0 is limited in speed. When you play high data rate movies, it may not keep up. I would suggest getting a firewire connection.
    USB was really made for connecting printers mice and keyboards. Even though they say 480 mb/s, it's only theoretical. Firewire 400 still beats it hands down.

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