I need to transfer around 50gb of data from my Ubuntu to my OSX. scp and samba are both too slow it seems - even with the Ethernet cable connected (14-15 hours!). I have physical access to both machines.

How can I easily transfer my 3d animation videos from ubuntu to mac osx?

I found info on scp and samba methods and both were too slow for me.

  • So your network topology is simply: Mac <-[ethernet]-> Ubuntu PC? Is your data 50gb (gigabits) or 50GB (gigabytes)? Can you check the selected media (ethernet speed) on Ubuntu and the Mac? – Winny Jul 20 '14 at 17:43
  • thanks for the help. Mac osx is connected via an ethernet cable to ubuntu laptop. 50 gigabytes. Also, when i realised that the spped is going to be this slow, I turned the wifi off on mac and the transfered cancelled (i thought i was transferring via wired connection?). I am checking the speed now (any idea on how to do it)? – Tomatoes Jul 20 '14 at 17:47
  • Another way to transfer files "offline" is if you use a USB to USB cord, which uses a bridge that is capable of transferring files as well as creating a small network among both PCs – ryekayo Jul 20 '14 at 17:49
  • whilst checking the speeds as requested above I found that my ethernet settig on osx say, "ethernet has a self-assigned ip and will not be able to connect to the internet". Maybe that has to do with it? – Tomatoes Jul 20 '14 at 17:54
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    @ryekayo i dont have a usb to usb cord. Just a normal usb cord which has to two different ends. Hoping to do it with ethernet. thx – Tomatoes Jul 20 '14 at 18:00

I would suggest that the easiest way would (assuming both machines have gigabit Ethernet) to connect them both via a gigabit hub/switch and then just rsync or similar. On the assumption that you should be able to transfer ~ 50 MBps then this should take about 20 minutes to complete. Don't even think about doing it over WiFi.

Failing that put them on a USB disk or RAM stick if you have a port available on each machine.

Obviously if the bandwidth of the connection is the limiting factor (rather than the speed at which your disks can read/write) then you might get some improvement by compressing your files if you can. (rsync can take care of all this sort of stuff for you).

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