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supermonkey
02-10-2009, 01:22 AM
I tried backing up a drive yesterday and it was going slow as molasses. After 6 hours it was still working. I had to cancel the backup because I had some other work to do.

Any ideas why this was taking so long? Its a 120GB drive to a Sparse Image (New Image). Is there a speed difference between "Smart Update" and Erase?, then Copy files option to a new image?

dnanian
02-10-2009, 08:24 AM
On a first backup, Smart Update and Erase, then copy will be the same speed. Could your backup drive have been formatted as FAT32 rather than HFS+?

supermonkey
02-10-2009, 11:03 AM
On a first backup, Smart Update and Erase, then copy will be the same speed. Could your backup drive have been formatted as FAT32 rather than HFS+?

The backup drive is actually NTFS.

dnanian
02-10-2009, 11:50 AM
How is it being accessed? The Mac cannot natively write to NTFS volumes. Is this over a network?

supermonkey
02-10-2009, 01:33 PM
How is it being accessed? The Mac cannot natively write to NTFS volumes. Is this over a network?

I have MacFuse installed. I guess I can make a partition on the backup drive and format it HFS+. Thanks. :)

dnanian
02-10-2009, 01:43 PM
I think that's likely why things aren't going that quickly. Let me know what happens with the real HFS+ volume (write directly to it, eh?)...