Originally Posted by rowcon123
But that's still very slow
Yes, it is.
Try testing with a different external drive and see if you get the same result.
If you have multiple external hard drives, try doing a file copy from each drive to the desktop and a drive to drive copy.
If it is slow from one drive to the desktop, then we know that the drive is the culprit.
If it is slow from both drives to the desktop, but fast from drive to drive, then the hard drive in your computer might be the problem. Of course you would probably notice other symptoms.
If the transfer is slow from each drive to the desktop and slow between each drive, then there may be a problem with the USB controller.