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There's very little information on how long time machine migrations are supposed to take on Google. I have 200GB or so under my user and it has been stuck on "preparing to transfer user documents" for 14 hours.

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What's a normal time? Can I see the progress somehow without interrupting it? Should I just cancel it?

  • Not normal. What's the connection method to the Time Machine backup? – douggro Jan 11 '15 at 4:27
  • 802.11ac local network. – Kit Sunde Jan 11 '15 at 4:30
  • Yeah, I'd just cancel out of it and attempt again. – douggro Jan 11 '15 at 5:07
  • I'd also wire up. – Tetsujin Jan 11 '15 at 8:38
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It seems like it's because our time capsule is incredibly slow just generall, it takes 20 seconds - 1 minute to open a folder, "preparing" to copy a reasonable folder can take 10's of minutes. This is independently of me being plugged in directly to the time capsule or going over wireless.

There doesn't seem to be a solution except possibly to do a factory reset, but first I'm going to get a 2TB disk and use the airport disk archiving function to save what I have.

I've found a few threads where people similar issues, like this one:

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