On Jun 17, 2008, at 11:40 AM, Oliver Fromme wrote:

Wojciech Puchar <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

you must have something wrong. my USB drive gets 27MB/s. yes this
480Mbit/s is USB isn't real, but half of it is.

     I agree.
     Want to take this private and help figure out what's wrong?

i simply have no idea why it could work so slow.

Cheap controller in the USB enclosure.  I've used quite
a few USB enclosures in the past years, and there are
significant performance differences.  As a rule of thumb,
the cheaper the box, the slower it is.  Of course there
are exceptions to that rule.

By the way, for backup purposes I use a hot-swappable
IDE drive frame.  The one I use is PATA (UDMA-133), but
there are also ones for SATA.  It's much faster than
USB and more reliable.  You can use atacontrol(8) to
attach and detach the drive while the system is running.
(For that to work reliably, the frame must be the only
device on its channel, i.e. no slave, in the PATA case.)

Best regards

I get good speeds from USB but they are bursty. I have a pair of identical controllers and both are USB/Firewire. Both have different brands and sizes of disk drive. Could the drive be part of the problem? One is connected via Firewire and doesn't have the bursty speed issue. I've only got it with USB.

The poster who mentioned that I'm only looking for a backup against catastrophic disk failure is spot on. Offsite backup is something I'll work out down the road.

Chris Hilton e: chris|at|vindaloo| dot|com
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