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slow file transfer from pc to mac

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i'm copying a 7gb file from an external usb drive on my vista pc to my minimac OS 10.5 over wireless

windows file transfer shows this is going to take 20+ hrs

i can download a 7gb file from the internet to my pc faster than that.

why so slow?
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Question by:zephyr_hex (Megan)
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by:sweetfa2
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There are a number of things that could be slower.

You don't say what type of USB port it is (1, 2, or 3).  They all have different performance specifications.

You don't say what type of wireless connection you have (b, g, or n).

You don't say what type of internet connection you have (it may be adsl2+) for all we know.

Also, windows time estimations are usually a load of rubbish.

Do you have any virus checking or scanning occurring.

Do you have other things running on your vista box slowing down the extraction from the usb drive.

Do you have sufficient memory available for reasonable size disk buffer caches?

If you can download a 7gb file from the internet faster than 20 hours then you must have a minimum of a 1mb download speed.

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by:Wolfhere
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USB is Fat32? or FAT? Your Vista is NTFS. You would do better to network the machines together, with Samba on the Mac (seeing as how your Mac is Linux)

sweetfa2 asks some very valid questions. It is pretty hard answering or providing answers without all the information. Faster than 1mb/s...WOW

Samba for Mac OS X - http://download.cnet.com/Samba/3000-18506_4-24811.html, that way you can get 10mb/s at least
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by:roylong
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How is the USB disk formatted?  Have you tried just plugging it into the mac and copying them there?
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i ended up using FTP from the pc to mac.  file was transferred in under 15min.
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