You really don't need to post that in every old thread you can find.
And there's really no need to watch the whole video. What it reports at the end is a thing that has helped in some cases -- starting up in Safe Mode, then restarting normally.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 6, 2013 7:52 PM (in response to 123xyz123xyz)
I get the feeling there's several reasons for this to happen. I've read lots of posts about this, and different solutions worked for different people.
At first, I blamed the USB interface to the disk (and I was reading posts about slow USB). I almost bought a LightningBolt-to-Firewire adapter. I tried changing my USB cable from a USB 1 to a USB 2.0 cable, no change. Tried resetting param ram, and a few other magical incantations I read about. It kept on giving more wild estimates of how long it would take - 2500 days was the biggest one, and no backing up was getting done.
What worked for me was getting rid of my virus software, BitDefender. I have installed that on three different machines and on each, it caused some horrid problem (different in each case) and I had to remove it, and the problem was fixed. Just wish I could get some of my bits defended someday. :-)
Time Machine is now doing the first backup; it's about 1/4 way thru and it's saying about 41 minutes left. That's more like it.
These time estmates go crazy cuz of the way it calculates it - take the time elapsed so far, divide by the bytes copied so far (which might be really tiny), multiply it by how many bytes are left to go (which might be really large). So, if the first 512k took a long time because of some fixed overhead, its initial estimates will think the rest will take a long long time. If it backs up a little, then hangs and never gets any more data copied, the time estimate will climb absurdly. Don't trust those estimates until it's gone through like 5% or 10% of correct operation.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 18, 2013 12:59 PM (in response to 123xyz123xyz)
I had the same symptoms; again it was an Anti-Virus product (Webroot this time). I am discussing this with their support team. I will disable the product during the initial backup and hope to be able to re-enable it for future incremental backups.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 19, 2013 6:37 PM (in response to 123xyz123xyz)
I ve been having problems since the lates OS X Maverick update (10.9.1) ..I'm using a LaCie ruged USB 3.0 via Thunderbolt and I didn't have any issues before..it is very very slow, no point in using Time Machine at all..!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 31, 2013 9:47 AM (in response to 123xyz123xyz)
I had a similar problem. I was able to increase my throughput to 40-60 mb/s by making the following changes:
1. Disbabled Norton Antivirus
2. Disabled Norton Safe Surfing ** (Right-Click the Norton Icon in the System Bar | Click on Norton Identity | Click on Disable Safe Surfing)
3. Disabled Norton File Guard ** (Right-Click the Norton Icon in the System Bar | Click on Norton Identity | Click on Disable File Guard)
4. Removed the external hard drive from Spotlight (Under System Preferences | Spotlight | Privacy Tab | Drag the external hard drive to "Prevent Spotlight from searching these locations".
I believe all of these helped increase backup throughput speed but a drastic increase occurred when File Guard and Safe Surfing were disabled.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2014 10:02 AM (in response to 123xyz123xyz)
Crazy though it may seem, I appear to have discovered a fix for this:
1. Shut Down your Mac
2. Reboot it in Safe Mode
3. Once Safe Mode is fully up
4. Shut down
5. Re power-up and hey-presto! Fixed!!
It doesn't work permanently (I had to do it again after about a month but does keep working)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 17, 2014 6:06 AM (in response to 123xyz123xyz)
I am also experiencing extremely slow bu with my brand new MBA/10.9.1 + USB or Thunderbolt to ethernet adapter and a time capsule. I configured the time capsule through airport and it looks fine: the green lamp is shining continuously. Still it does not work if both, MBA + time capsule are connected to the LAN.
BUT - if you directly connect the MBA through the thunderbolt2ethernet adapter and a patch cable into the time capsule, everything runs smootly and very fast.
Obviously this calls for manual backups since if you connect the gear directly you can't connect to the LAN at the same time. So this solution does not allow for permanent time machine running in the background unless you also have available a WLAN access.