3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2013 4:37 AM by WZZZ
LaRizzo Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Hey guys,

 

I recently backed up about 300 GB of films to a portable HD that I got for Xmas. When I first started to use it, formatted it to use with Time Machine. Then after I heard about Carbon Copy Cloner, I started to use that instead.

 

I didn't back up the films with CCC or TM, instead I just dragged and dropped all the films to make it easier to back up with CCC.

 

However, my question is this:

 

Why can I not play films from the HD without it lagging and running very very slow?

 

I saw on the Internet that it's possible without any complications, but why cannot I not play them. Is it something to do with the way I formatted it to use with my Mac/Time Machine?

 

Any help would be great.

 

Thanks,

Sam


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: Help With a WD HD.
    WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)

    How is it connected, USB or Firewire? If Firewire, is it 400 or 800? USB will be the slowest, next is FW 400, then FW 800. And even FW 800 won't really come close to the speed of the internal.

     

    How did you format it?

  • 2. Re: Help With a WD HD.
    LaRizzo Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    It's just a standard USB. I don't understand why they won't play.

  • 3. Re: Help With a WD HD.
    WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)

    My thinking about why this is happening is that movie files are quite large and you are trying to move them over a very slow connection, which USB 2.0 is.