I have a file geodatabase in ArcGIS 10.4 for Desktop. In the gdb, I have point feature classes that contain about 8 million points each. I have only added 2 string fields to them that have lengths of just 10 characters.
When I export to shapefile with Export to Shapefile (multiple) in Catalog, it takes forever, about 15 seconds to write just 1MB into the .shp file, about an hour to write a single shapefile which is over 200 MB. Why is this so slow and is there a faster method to writing out to a shapefile? It is not my disk or system as other programs have no problems writing files quickly.