Yikes, 1GB file takes 10min 23sec to transfer to Ext drive!

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  1. techmonkey macrumors 6502a

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    I just purchased a new Maxtor One Touch 4 external USB 2.0 drive. I formatted the partition Mac Extended Journaled. It took 10 min 23 sec to transfer a 1GB VOB file. If my calculations are correct, thats 1.6 MB/sec. Thats super slow!

    Any ideas what may be causing this?
     
  2. zirkle2007 macrumors 6502

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    Just wondering, if this was when it you first plugged it in, did you enable it as your back-up disk? If so Time Machine was probably still running. The first back-up takes an hour or two. So this would have slowed it down, or you may have just been lucky and hit the time it was backing up.

    Just my idea. :p
     
  3. techmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Im not using Leopard. When I first plugged it in, it was NTFS, so I had to format it for Mac. Does it make a difference if I format Mac Extended (Journaled) vs Mac Extended?
     
  4. zirkle2007 macrumors 6502

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    I have mine Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and it runs fairly fast. Hmm...I don't know what would do it. If you have another computer try it on there. I don't know if its possible, but maybe there is a problem with the drive itself.
     
  5. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    Definitely try it on another system. Also, try the transfer again, in case Spotlight was indexing the drive or something the first time.
     
  6. techmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, I feel stupid...

    I turns out the file I was transferring was on a shared folder on my WinXP machine. Plus, I am transferring it over a wireless connection :p

    So it took 9 min 1 sec to transfer the file to my Mac desktop (wireless connection, 802.11g) , then 55 sec to transfer the file from my desktop to the Ext drive. Thats about 18.18 MB/sec. The drive is rated at 33MB/sec Sustained transfer rate.

    Does 18.18MB/sec sound right?
     
  7. zirkle2007 macrumors 6502

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    Just ran a quick test on my setup, I average around the same rate you do. Glad you figured it out though!
     
  8. techmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the help :)
     

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