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Transferring files from passport to passport through a mac

 
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Hi there!

Paul needs about 2TB of data from one wd passport to another. We are using my mac, because it is the only computer that can read the full wd passport. However, we can't transfer the data from one passport to the other at all, so our only option now is to transfer data from the full passport to various thumb drives, about 32 gigs at a time.

This is going SLOWLY, and will take about 90 more hours to do.

Anyone know how to speed this process up? Or a better process?
 
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What's the connector? USB? If so, get a USB hub. Something like this. $6 could solve this, but you need to know what USB type to make sure you get the right hub
 
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A USB 2.0 hub should be the minimum to use, a 3.0 would be even better I am sure.

When I copied the files from my 750GB Passport to my 1TB Passport, it only took about an hour and a half. 90 hours seems to point to not using a USB 2.0 or newer connection as that is a pretty slow data transfer rate.
 
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Interesting stuff. Thanks guys.

We went with purchasing a program called Mackeeper I believe. It cost about 30 bucks, and the transfer will now only take about a day or so.

I've been looking into usbs and thumbdrives. Apparently, using thumbdrives over and over slows down the performance of the drive over time. So I think in the future, we should invest in some nice new 3.0 drives.
 
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Mac Drive. The problem we were having was we had a hard drive that was only able to be read by Macs and we need to read those files with a PC so at first we tried using a mac book air to transfer the files but it was super slow like 20 gb per hour. What wound up working is downloading Mac drive onto my PC and using that to access the mac hard drive files. The Mac drive has a five day free trial so if anyone else runs into that problem they should try this program first.
 
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Ah, it was setup for Macs only. Still, you should still have a better data transfer rate than that - unless it is seriously full and fragmented. But you guys have a solution and it is doing the trick for you - that is all that really matters. The slowness issue is just a bit of "shiny" to distract us engineers.
 
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