View Full Version : FireWire 800 copy speed

12-28-2006, 02:41 PM
I am doing an initial copy to a new hard disk, the copy speed is 6 to 7 MB/sec.

The setup

xserve g5
copy from internal drive (a RAID mirror)
copy to external drive via FireWire 800

is 7MB/sec what I should be seeing?


12-28-2006, 02:43 PM
That seems about right, yes, for an initial copy.

12-28-2006, 02:56 PM
thanks for the quick reply, and for SuperDuper being a great product.

(Although I do sometimes long for the days when I could backup my whole 10MB drive in a few minutes...... and now I am building 2TB systems.)

12-28-2006, 03:03 PM
Yeah, those days are gone, alas: it's hard to copy 750GB in a few minutes. ;)

01-02-2007, 03:45 AM
I just did an initial backup of about 750GB to an external enclosure via Firewire 800 drive (2 striped SATA drives in a PRO-Z RAID enclosure) and I got around 30+ MB/s (from a Mac Pro).

03-03-2008, 07:36 PM
I just upgraded the internal Hard Drive on my 24" iMac to a Samsung F1 750GB drive. When I did an initial SuperDuper clone to my FW800 external I was getting about 45MB/s transfer rate! wahoo!!! That's almost double what I used to get from the stock Western Digital 320GB that the iMac ships with.