I have a directory with a huge number of jpeg images (more than 300,000 files) that are part of a project. This is somewhat of a nightmare to backup and move -not because of the size (total ~3 GB) which is rather large but still manageable, but because of the number of files. Copying them takes an insane amount of time and dramatically slows down any backup/copy routine.
Since I must keep those files I thought I'd combine them into some kind of archive. I'm trying WinRar with "store" compression, but it's quite slow. On my dev machine (2xSAS harddrives in Raid-0, dual i7) the estimate is about 100 minutes.
It's not that bad and this time I'm willing to wait (it's a one-time operation), but I'm curious to know if there are faster ways to do this in case I have the same need in future (with a less powerful machine and less time).