I’ve been where you are Noodle. When transferring from my Mac to MBL I got the same multi day transfer rate scare. But it actually got my gynormous iPhoto file moved over in a couple of hours (about 57 gb). I’m willing to be patient loading MBL from my Mac (by the way, I’ve configured my MBL as a RAID array), but my frustration is with the transfer rate back from MBL to my Mac. When I fire up iPhoto, it takes a frustratingly long time to load my photo library. Similarly, when I try to navigate around in iPhoto I spend much too much time staring at that little multicolor pinwheel as I wait for photos to load.
I am on my second MBL. After seeking WD phone support to try to improve the transfer speed I was advised by the help guy that he thought my drive was defective so returned it for another. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to have done the trick. In my first go-around, I also moved my iTunes library to MBL and found songs playing back with hiccups, indicating the data transfer was not flowing smoothly.
Here’s what I’ve done so far:
Bought a gigabit switch and now my MBL and Mac are both plugged directly into it using CAT 5e cables. I am not even close to being a network expert, but my understanding is that my U-verse router (which is not gigabit) and is also plugged into the gigabit switch is only being used to access the Internet. I am assuming it is not the source of the consipated transfer rate. Could I be wrong about this? Are there settings I need to make in my router? Does anyone have any suggestions. I just don’t think this is working as designed and if I can’t fix the transfer rate, I’m going to need to return this second MBL to Best Buy before my 30-day return option expires. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.