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I hope someone can help me with Toast 10. I'm not finding it particularly user friendly. I'm finding the transfer rate to Mac VERY slow: half the time of the program length. Support stated it would be faster with ethernet connection but that proved even slower. Suggestions?

 

Also how do I create a DVD from a program transferred from TiVo to Mac via Toast?

 

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For USB connections: USB can operate at different speeds: 1.5 Mbit, 12 Mbit (USB 1.1), 480 Mbit (USB 2.0) or 5000 Mbit (USB 3.0). Expect 20-50% of that as real life speeds for data transfer, as there is quite a lot of 'overhead' traffic. The USB controller on your motherboard (or expansion card) sets a max speed. Any hub sets a max speed. Any device connected to a hub or controller sets a max speed, even when just sitting idle. So keep low speed devices (mouse, keyboard) on a different controller chain than drives! If you want maximum transfer speed, try disconnecting all non-essential devices and hubs. Find out which USB ports are v1.1 or v2.0.

 

For ethernet: common speeds are 10 Mbit (rare these days), 100Mbit, 1000Mbit. Expect 30-50% of that as real life speeds for data transfer. If all your devices are 1000Mbit, except for a hub or switch at 10Mbit, then all the speeds will be down to the lowest common handshake speed. Devices do not have a negative speed impact on other devices connected in the network: a 10 Mbit network printer won't slow down other network transfers, except for sharing bandwidth when in use.

 

From your description, it looks like you get USB 1.1 speeds or 10 Mbit ethernet speeds. I don't know what kind of Mac and setup you have, but I think you can do better with an improved cabling strategy. It should be able to go faster.

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I hope someone can help me with Toast 10. I'm not finding it particularly user friendly. I'm finding the transfer rate to Mac VERY slow: half the time of the program length. Support stated it would be faster with ethernet connection but that proved even slower. Suggestions?

 

Also how do I create a DVD from a program transferred from TiVo to Mac via Toast?

 

Thanks!!

So the issue is with TiVo Transfer's speed? If its a HD program it can take quite awhile to transfer that much data. The SD shows should transfer quickly. I've never timed it. Are you saying the ethernet connection was slower than the wireless speed? That shouldn't happen but I'm not a networking guru so I don't know what to suggest.

 

As for creating a DVD from the TiVo Transfer, there is a Toast It button in the TiVo Transfer application. Just select what you want to send to Toast and click that button. It should be added to the Toast Video window with DVD video selected as the format. Instructions for making the DVD from this point on are in Toast Help. You also can access the TiVo Transfer videos by selecting TiVo with the top button of the Toast Media Browser.

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