To me, this sounds as if its just testing your patience. It will eventually finish, even at USB 1.1 speeds.
But you reveal a bigger problem. How much are these images worth to you? Hint: Where's the backup?
Hard disks fail or go blank at the worst times. Maybe a backup copy would be a great idea?
I have tons of digital images that I have taken over the years on my desktop. I'm running windows ME on that system. I want to take all of my digital images off that system, and put them onto a new system that I am building. I have tried to copy them, but there are too many, and it takes for ever. I even purchased a usb to usb cable, and thought the transfer would be simple. That doesn't work. I need to get something that is fast, effecient, and reliable. Can anyone suggest something, a piece of hardware, a program, anything.