I just bought a generic USB 2.0 hard drive enclosure, and installed my 2 week old 80gig seagate 7200rpm hard drive into it. After running disk utility to format the disk, I went to copy a file into it and saw it copying at a very slow rate. I tried copying off both my firewire drive and my internal drive, and both vielded the same results. The drive is connected through a hub, but the hub is a belkin USB2 hub that I have used presiously with other USB2 drive at full speed, but even connecting it directly to the machine did not yield any improved results. My machine is a Mac Mini 1.25ghz/512mb/80gig running OSX 10.3.9. Thanks for the help!