Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I set up a ubuntu server machine to share an ext2 formatted external usb drive. When attempting to copy a single 275MB files from said device through netatalk, I get estimated download rates at around 45 min. With samba and ftp (using vsftpd) I get 1+ hours! Using scp to copy the file results in complete download within 5 minutes. Another option, ssh+cp from external device to ~ and then using netatalk to grab it from there results in a total time of arounf 7 minutes. Does anyone have a clue what is misconfigured?

Assuming that nothing is, is there any fs/pseudo-fs that would use the internal hdd as an intermediate location/onion-layer for the external hdd (for reads only)?

Details: AppleVolumes.default: /mnt/ext USB allow:username cnidscheme:cdb options:usedots,upriv

share|improve this question

Hi could you please test write TO the drive, both locally from ~ and from the network.

Secondly, can you please check top/ps to see what the load is when doing the samba copy in both directions.

Lastly, I'm guessing you haven't tried this from a windows client; either smb/ftp would be helpful.

share|improve this answer
I only have mac and linux machines. I'll try to get the performance stuff later tonight... – KitsuneYMG Mar 17 '11 at 20:25
up vote 0 down vote accepted

I found the issue, The drive is a Seagate (didn't think it mattered at the time)

explained here

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.