I'm extremely new to Ubuntu (downloaded just last week) and I'm trying to use it as a solution to a problem I have but things aren't going too well. I'm trying to rescue some data by using Ubuntu as my failing external freezes Windows Explorer. Luckily the drive mounts when using Ubuntu.

What I am trying to do now is merge files and folders to reduce space and eliminate any duplicates I have but the process is EXTREMELY slow. I started at about 11kB/sec and now I seem to have topped off at 50.7kB/sec which isn't nearly fast enough. I have a lot of files to move. I can only imagine how long it is going to take when I have to move everything from my first dying external to my replacement external.

Is there anything I can do to speed up this process? The transfer rate can't be this slow, right?