While I agree with you that it shouldn't take that long, let's take a look at your hardware. Is the disk where the exported files are supposed to go almost full? While this export is going on, can you look at the CPU usage and memory usage and let us know what these usage numbers are?
I will run another test and monitor it as you suggested.
Also, what is the size in pixels (not megabytes) of the photos you are trying to export?
The export I complained about was to a 64GB flash drive with 4GB used and 60GB free. It's a USB 2.0 drive. Thanks for your help. The five psd's are large -- on the order of 500 MB each. Does any of this explain the slowness of the original export?
I ran another test. This time I exported to my hard drive. The export took less than 30 seconds, which didn't give me a chance to check usage.
Exporting to the flash drive will take longer. The speed of transfer will be much slower. I can't say that it should take 30 minutes, because I never did that, but I'm sure that's the problem.
I agree that export to a flash drive should take longer. But this long? No way. There is something horribly wrong with Lightroom, or with the way I have Lightroom configured.
I tried the export again, this time exporting as PSD. These are flattened files, about 20% the size of the originals. The Lightroom export took just as long -- over 20 minutes. A Windows copy/past of the same three files to the same flash drive took a few seconds. So what is Lightroom doing in those other 19 minutes?
I noticed that you can coax Lightroom to hurry up, to some extent, by mousing around inside Lightroom during the export. For example, switch to viewing a different folder in the Library module. It seems to wake Lightroom up from whatever it is doing, and remind it to get back to work. It helps, but it is not a solution.
Lightroom took 45 min to export 477 files after editing, orig. was in RAW, but exporting to jpg. This is ridiculous! LR has gotten so slow! New computer, Dell XPS 15 with solid state drive, 1/3 of harddrive free. Please help!
Without more informations nobody can says anything.
Which version of Lightroom do you use?
Which operating system do you use?
To which location do you export (internal / external drive)?
What is the size (pixels) of the pictures that you try to export?
What kind of editing do you have made in Lightroom?
Which version of Lightroom do you use? The most current LR Classic CC with current updates
Which operating system do you use? Windows 10
To which location do you export (internal / external drive)? Internal drive with new Dell XPS 15 with solid state drive
What is the size (pixels) of the pictures that you try to export? not sure, as LR is crashing with new updates...can't check
What kind of editing do you have made in Lightroom? some just clarity, sharpness and noise reduction, others with pre-sets, very few with brush edit/skin softening