Speed up file tranfer between MAC OS X and Linux Samba Server

After scratching my head few weeks, tweaking a lot smb.conf on my linux box, I found a Finder workaround, based on turning off display of server in sidebar.

Symptom: Slow file transfer over the network, between a MAC OS X Lion machine and a Linux machine (archlinux, currnet version). Also slow transfer between MAC and a PC based file server. How slow, let say finder reports about 1 hour for a CD size .iso file.

How to do it:

  1. Open Finder Preferences
  2. On Sidebar tab, disable Connected Servers
  3. On General tab, check Connected Servers

As a result, the mounted volume will appear on the desktop instead of sidebar.

In my case, this Finder workaround helped me to increase the speed more than 20x.

Please let me know if this has improved the share browsing and the file transfer speed in your case.Thanks.


In more than 5 years of existence, this website was constantly upgraded as back-end software (WordPress) and as a content. Subsequently updates of WordPress engine left some bugs in the admin area over the time. Even after I erased full website, except the content and database, I was unable to make it work properly the visual editor.

Given that 70% of posts are in Romanian and most of them obsolete, I do not want to have headaches with restoring backup and cleaning obsolete posts.

I will try in the future to re post the most interesting ones from archive.

You can have as a reference the archive.org webpage:


Here You can find snapshots of the past 5 years.

Because I’m not living anymore in Romania, 99% of the content will be published in English or French.

The mission of this website will be the same: to share the knowledge in a simple way: offering tips, tricks and how-to.

Almost all recipes are personally tested, but this is not a guarantee that will work in Your particular case.


I recovered 90% of the old website.

It will be available at http://archives.tipit.info/