This may be the wrong place for this. I THINK it might be a hardware setup issue. If someone has a better idea as to where this should be placed please let a mod know.
First the basics:
Using PCLOS on a AMD Sempron 2600+. 1GB of RAM, Using a ATA Controller Card to expand my drive capacity from 4 ATA devices to 8. Currently only using 6 of those slots (5 HDD's, One Optical). I would be happy to explain why I use such a setup should anyone ask.
When deleting, copying or moving files to and from USB Drives or Network shares the transfer speeds are insanely slow. It changes a little depending on what drive, but the range seems to be between 150KB/s to 350KB/s. Mounting a network share with smb4k helps a little bit, but only boosts the transfer speed to around 1MB/s.
To make sure it was only my distro and not the hardware itself, I used a LiveCD (namely ubuntu 8.10) to test speeds. Network transfers were averaging 5MB/s, Nearly 10MB/s for USB transfers. So I have come to the conclusion that something is mucked up with my install, but I don't know what. I have no clue where to go from here.
EDIT>> Forgot to mention. The speeds can get as low as 13KB/s, taking hours to transfer a file rather then minutes. Some devices are slower then others. My slowest times are transfers to and from my Palm LifeDrive Device in "DriveMode"