Hi, not sure if I am posting in the right forum but here goes...... My computer is taking a long time to open media files - all types. I generally use media player classic or, occasionally WMP 11 (I like the library). Recently both apps have been taking a long time (over 1 minute) to access files. All my media files or stored on an NTFS partition on my HD. This partition is a general storage partition and has 4 folders that are shared over my home network in it - including the music and video folders. I read somewhere (can't now find the link) that mapping network drives improves retrival times - but I don't know enough to know if this is correct, or even if it relates to my problem. I would like to know what is slowing the access time to the media files on my HD, and what I can do about it? many thanks in advance Will.