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Windows 7: Accessing drives in Windows Explorer takes a long time

19 Apr 2010   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Since the first part of this thread contains many speculative remedies which don't fix the most likely cause of this, I created a new thread with a more concise title, problem description and resolution:

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17 Jul 2011   #12

Windows 7 64 Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boothy99 View Post
I just found this post, whilst trying to find out why my speedy W7 PC was acting like a pensioner, when I clicked on a folder on my external drive.

I tried out all of the above, with no success, unfortunately.

I have a Seagate Freeagent USB2 - with a few folders of varying content. Most of the folders opened swiftly, irrespective of their size & contents. However, I have a folder to keep mainly movies in. Mainly, being the operative word here.

The strange thing was, if I looked at the folder inside my Network (whilst in Windows Explorer) .... the folder opened and showed all contents instantly! Back to looking at it under ''Computer'' ... and the explorer bar scanned for ages before letting me see things ???? .... strange.

Whilst going through all of the above suggestions, I happened to notice that in the properties of the folder ( Properties / Customize ) .... that the option was set to ''optimize this folder for ... Videos''.

However, I know that there are other items in there that are not videos! I changed the option to ''General items'' and ticked the ''Also apply this template to all subfolders''.

Voila.... problem solved !!

When I went back to the shared folder and checked the properties .... it was set to ''General items''. Wish I'd noticed it before, ..... so thought I'd post it here incase anyone else had the same situation

This fixed it for me!
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20 May 2013   #13

Win7 Ultimate x32

Worked for me too.
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20 May 2013   #14

Win7 Ultimate x32

Worked for me too. :)
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16 Jun 2015   #15

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit

Voila post by twern, above has also worked for me too. But i had not changed the behaviour in the properties. Some third party program would have done that.
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