This problem exists in both my Windows 7 machines and with my SBS 2008 server. File and folder copies seem to be extremely problematic. MUCH slower than XP, SBS 2003.
It seems the whole way copying files and folders has changed for the worse? From the initial "gathering" of what is to be copied to the hanging up of the process for the tiniest things. I used to be able to kick off a folder copy and come back later, now I have to babysit it the whole way.
This happens on copies to mapped drives, USB drives attached to the machines, almost all copy processes.
Is there any way to speed this up?? Or make it more reliable? ROBOCOPY is an option some times I already know.