I know this post is solved I would like to add to it for future viewers.
If you would like to move a large number of files the best way (in my opinion) would be to use tar over ssh as tar is faster than rsync when no files exist in the destination. Then after the initial copy then use rsync to grab whatever files have changed as it is faster then tar when there are only a few differences in the file systems.
tar zcf - folder/ | ssh user@server "cd /path/to/dest/; tar zpxvf -"
Then you get a nice copy of "folder" inside the folder "dest" on "server".
Then use rsync as suggested above to keep the file systems in `sync`