“As someone else said in this other thread (link below) that maybe, just maybe, some of you are doing it wrong.”
Maybe, just maybe, you need to read the content of our posts. The example shown in your link is a big ISO file. A SINGLE FILE. We are having massive problems with databases containing MANY SMALL FILES.
Maybe, just maybe, I should have read your post a little closely. Fair critique and I accept that.
But maybe, just maybe, you should have read a few of my earlier posts from last year already telling people who’ve had this very issue about the weak processor and the tiny RAM and the work around by splitting up the copying in smaller batches. The puny processor gets overwhelmed whenever you try to copy too many files (esp. files that are very small) and breaking up a copy operation in multiple batches alleviates that, as others have reported back positively to my suggestion in those posts. I know it’s not a great solution, but given that you are stuck with the hardware, that is the best workaround for this issue. You want a cheap 2-bay NAS (EX2 currently sells at $150 on Amazon) then there will be some unfortunate hardware limitations.
BTW, if these small files are meant to read-only and the directories are not meant to be added with new content, then you can speed things up a lot but with an extra and timeconsuming step, but perhaps not as timeconsuming as the copy operation to EX2. If all the files are to be used in a read-only mode, then you can create an ISO file by building a DVD or bluray iso (using most disc burning tools out there, some that are free) and THEN copying the single big iso to a share on the EX2. You will benefit in building the iso file using your computer’s more powerful CPU (instead of EX2’s weak cpu) and then after copying the big iso over, it can be virtually mounted using the iso mount feature from the dashboard. Once that is done, you can access the entire content of that iso just as if that iso was a standalone share of its own (i.e. its own top level folder). Yes, this limits it to read-only usage…but depending on the usage it can vastly improve things, since you can build up to a bluray iso of 45.5 gigs. And I suspect there is a limit to the number of isos you can mount (possibly 10) though I have not tested that limitation. I only have 2 isos mounted.