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File transfer speed - USB vs Firewire 800

Microsoft Excel 2003 (full product)
June 3, 2011 at 11:22:34
Specs: Mac OSX
For curious sake as well as time saving, I tried to copy a 3 GB movie from a Dual G5 Tower to a latest MacBook Pro in two different ways.....

1. Copy the movie to a USB flash drive from the G5, and then mount the flash drive and copy the file to the desktop of the MacBook Pro. It took 1 min. and 44 sec. to copy it over.

2. Connect both computers with Firewire 800 cable and set the G5 in Target mode, then copy the same file from the G5 to the MacBook Pro. To my surprise, it took over 2 min. and 5 sec.

How is that possible, not only Firewire wasn't way faster than the flash drive, it's actually slower? It took longer to transfer the same file. Any idea??


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June 4, 2011 at 01:33:14
Does the 1 min. 44 sec in case 1 include the time to copy to the flash drive? If not, how long did that take?

It may be that the limiting factor is not the speed of the connection but the speed of your hard drive in the G5 Tower.

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