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Old 11-26-2006, 02:37 AM
chill903 chill903 is offline
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One possible solution to slow network backups

Hi guys,

I'm new to the Mac, and thusly new to SuperDuper!. Since installing the backup software, I've noticed extremely slow backup speed to my networked file server (i.e. 0.5 MB/s over 802.11g and 2.0 MB/s via gigabit ethernet).

For reference:
Notebook: 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro
OS: OS X 10.4.8
Networked File Server: Thecus N5200 RAID5 with three 400GB SATA drives
Network: Wired gigabit + Linksys 802.11b/g router. (Wired gigabit network directly to file server.)

I've been using SMB protocol for my network shared drives, and I think this is why I've been having some throughput slowdowns. The moment I activated the AFP protocol on the RAID server and connected via AFP, my wireless throughput jumped 4-5x. I haven't yet tried the wired connection, but I expect that I'll see some performance increase there, too.

If you've been having agonizingly slow backup speeds and you have the ability to use AFP instead of/in addition to SMB, you may have better luck.

I will post my wired throughput after I've had had a chance to give it a try.
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