Catalog Backup noticeably degraded since the release of Lightroom 5

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I have been struggling with the fact that catalog backups have degraded considerably since the intruduction of Lightroom 5.

For example I have a Catalog of approximately 21,000 images and from LR4, where it took less than a minute to backup and optimize, I get the following times now:

Backup - 2 minutes
Optimize - 2:10 min

My Hardware on a Win7 x 64 machine is as follows:

- 1TB Hard drive, 680Gb free (note images are stored on external USB 3 drives)
- RAM 8 Gb (DDR2)
- Processors 4 x i72720 2.20Ghz Dual Core

The Lightroom Catalog is stored on a directory on the root of the drive (C:\Lightroom) and is 607Mb, and the previews (Lightroom 5 Previews.lrdata) are 15.5Gb.

And generated catalog backups are ~ 590Mb.

I have gone through the Adobe Optimization procedures and have increased the Camera RAW Cache, don't write to XMP etc.

I wont compare the Backup speed with other products because each product has different structures etc, but is does seem inordinately slow. Is there anything extra I can do apart from the Adobe Optimization suggestions?
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Alan Harper

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I can't offer numbers, but the times listed above are much faster than anything I experience on a MacBook Pro and a catalog with about 80K images. Backing up, testing and optimizing a database is incredibly slow—I can go off, make and enjoy a cup of coffee and short read, and come back to my computer and it is still closing Lightroom.

It feels (though I haven't tested) that optimizing the database helps me the next day if I have made extensive changes, but it is challenging to find a place in one's schedule to leave room for this amazingly slow process.