Cryptodan. Thanks for reply. You are is correct. The link is virtual so no wireless network is used to access the drives.
Whilst the drives are of course slower to access, that is not the problem. The issue is the fact Windows is spending 30 seconds doing something when I first try to access a drive in an application. Here's an example:
1. I go to open a document from recent documents, and 1 which I have moved;
2. Windows offers me the chance to locate it;
3. I click browse;
4. In the file window I click on the drop down list of hard drives and network drives;
5. Windows now spent 30 seconds doing something - what I don't know;
5. I have already accessed drives in the Windows Explorer file manager and also in Excel so why the additional wait now?
6. Once finished I can then see the list of drives and access them;
7. Every time I re-click on the drop down list it appears instantly without a 30 second wait;
8. I locate the file and open it. It opens slower but it doesn't take an additional 30 seconds before opening.
I am trying to figure out what is causing the 30 second period of activity. I plugged in my external hard drive and I was still getting a 30 second wait. However it was plugged in after I started windows and not before. Not that it makes much difference because Windows can never reconnect to my drives when I start up. It always wants the password, even though it's the same as the Windows one and I have told it to save my credentials.
I have another example. I have a copy of Excel and the backup folder is located on my HFS+ internal ard drive which is shared. I do the following.
1. Start up Windows;
2. put my computer sleep until later on;
3. Wake up my computer;
4. Start Excel in Windows 7;
5. Open a document;
6. Attempt to work on it;
7. Every option I do, be it go to enter text, right click and clear cell contents or even duplicate small rows of data, is proceeded by a 10-15 second wait whilst Windows does something;
8. It doesn't matter how many rows I have in an operation, the proceeding waiting time is the same;
Should Windows 7 abort for any reason and I reopen Excel, I find that no backup of my work was saved. I was never given any warning saying that it could not be saved and at all times I was still able to open documents in Windows 7.
[Edited post to give another example].
Edited by infobleep, 29 November 2010 - 02:35 PM.