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I Have a custom USB Mass Storage Device that has been used in Windows XP for years as part of a product. In XP, the device mounts within seconds, with a drive letter and a window. In Windows 7, it takes 4 minutes to do the same. What is the difference between the way Windows 7 and Windows XP mounts a USB Mass storage device?

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What size? Filesystem? – Hyppy Jun 14 '12 at 22:49
Windows 7 is nosy too, it scans all the files on the drive to see what options to present you on it's little pop-up menu... pictures, music, programs. "Show me my files Dangit!!" is the option I always want... knock it off! – lornix Jun 17 '12 at 11:44

Windows 7 performs a consistency check when USB storage is mounted, though I don't know the exact details of the process. I have a couple thumbdrives that I sometimes mount in Linux that always get a little hiccup from Windows 7 the next time I move them over after messing with files.

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