Here’s a question that I hope someone here might be able to answer.
One of the users on my network uses Microsoft Word 2003 on a Windows XP machine to open word documents in a shared folder on the My Book Live. I do the same thing from my Windows 7 machine using OpenOffice.
The speed at which I can get folders and subfolders to open and display their content is pretty quick. Maybe a tiny bit slower than a local hard drive directory, but not much. But when the other user uses a “Network Device” icon to access the same folder, it is very slow to display the contents. It takes like half a minute or so. This is using a network location that does not have a drive letter mapped to it.
But if they (the XP user) uses a mapped drive (with an assigned drive letter) from the My Computer group, it opens and displays contents pretty quickly.
Any reason for this? I’ve heard that mapping network drives with drive letters can speed things up , but don’t know why.