Question Win 10 - File Explorer Really Slow to Respond or execute actions

upsidedownjim

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Hoping someone might have some suggestions on troubleshooting this issue that cropped up within the past month or so:

I running Windows 10 and lately, File Explorer is extremely slow to respond. Opening, renaming, moving, deleting - every action seems to hang for a short period to several minutes to I give up and restart the system. I've tried some suggestions I found on Google searches (ie, change some folder view options). I have 7 internal drives and 7 external drives. The slow down occurs on both internal and external drives. My computer is getting pretty old (built around 2013). I reinstalled Win 10 to a Samsung 1TB SSD in January 2020. System specs:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K
RAM: 32GB
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 770
Windows 10 OS build: 19042.928

Due to the age of the system, I figure troubleshooting paths could be: a hardware component issue, one of the 14 drives, or a Windows 10 issue. Since there are quite a few avenues I could go down to troubleshoot this it'd be great to narrow things down a bit. I checked CrystalDiskInfo and all drives have a status of good. Two external drives have a temperature of 52C and 60C (red icon). The 7 external drives (used for backup) are connected to an Anker 7-port powered USB hub and then connected to a USB extension cable. I was a bit leery of that setup but didn't have desk space so I put the drives across the room. This setup wasn't an issue when I first set it up.

I may start by disconnecting all of the drives except the OS to see which one the starts the slow down. If those are fine I may just do a clean install of Windows. Hopefully, there's a simpler solution but any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
 

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