I have an XP machine with 3 Hard drives (320GB, 320GB, 80GB). Each has 1 partition and is NTFS and SATA. After windows loads I can open Windows Explorer, and it appears immediately. However, if I click on 'My Computer' it spends about a minute 'looking' for the hard drives with its animated flashlight icon. During this time, major applications, like Chrome, won't load up, so it sounds like the problem is not limited to explorer. Once they have appeared, everything works normally and without delay.
Is there some way to shorten the time taken to find the drives?