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John Avelis Calculating status...
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Feb 8, 2013 10:12 AM

I am attempting to copy a 30GB file from a WD internal 500GB HD (backed up to an identical HDD with Time Machine) on my 1.6 GHz PPC G5 Mac running OSX 10.5.8 (1.25 GB RAM) to a LaCie 250GB external drive using FW 800. It's been several years since I've done this type of copying, and it seems to be going steadily, but very slowly. The original estimate was over a day, and it seems to be keeping to that pace.

 

Any ideas?

Power Mac G5, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 11:22 AM (in response to John Avelis)

    Hello John, see how many of these you can answer...

     

    See if the Disk is issuing any S.M.A.R.T errors in Disk Utility...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH7029

     

     

    Open Activity Monitor in Applications>Utilities, select All Processes & sort on CPU%, any indications there?

     

    How much RAM & free Disk space do you have also, click on the Memory & Disk Usage Tabs.

     

    Open Console in Utilities & see if there are any clues or repeating messages when this is happening.

     

    In the Memory tab of Activity Monitor, are there a lot of Pageouts?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 12:15 PM (in response to John Avelis)

    Says "SMART Status: not supported"

    Only Internal drives report that.

     

    I wonder if Spotlight is trying to index the drives as it's copying? Sys Prefs>Spotlight, add at least the external drives to the Privacy Pane. Is Time Machine turned off?

     

    More RAM would help your OSX run better.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 5:28 PM (in response to John Avelis)

    #3, hmm, seems the problem, but why the Console doesn't show something is beyond me.

     

    Is it still slowly progressing?

     

    In Activity Monitor>Show All Processes, how much CPU is mdworker or find using?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 9:07 AM (in response to John Avelis)

    Note that the figure for a lot of processes is about that much virtual memory....seems like a lot, when so much real memory is unused.

    It's not a lot, it's more of an in-case needed case, my G5/10 GB Ram/Used 2.3 GB/Free 7.7 GB/VM=20.27 GB!

     

    If Pageouts are zero or very little, then it isn't being used at all.

     

    Before Repairing Permissions, Verify/Repair the Disk.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 12:55 PM (in response to John Avelis)

    In Activuty Monitor>Disk Activity tab, what is the Read & Write rates it's showing now?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 3:10 PM (in response to John Avelis)

    Whew, that sure is slow for FW800!?

     

    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac, then click on More Info, then click on Hardware>Firewire, highlight that drive & see what the connection speed is.

     

    Here's an old FW400 drive on my G5...

     

    Newer Tech miniStack V2:

     

      Manufacturer:    Newer Technology

      Model:    0x0

      GUID:    0x******************

      Maximum Speed:    Up to 400 Mb/sec

      Connection Speed:    Up to 400 Mb/sec

      Sub-units:

    Newer Tech miniStack V2 Unit:

      Unit Software Version:    0x10483

      Unit Spec ID:    0x609E

      Firmware Revision:    0x102

      Product Revision Level:    12.0

      Sub-units:

    Newer Tech miniStack V2 SBP-LUN:

      Capacity:    465.76 GB

      Removable Media:    Yes

      BSD Name:    disk3

      OS9 Drivers:    Yes

      S.M.A.R.T. status:    Not Supported

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 3:44 PM (in response to John Avelis)

    Wow, no idea why so slow then, here's a Quickbench of the previous FW400 drive...

    QuickBenchFW400G5.gif

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