I have 5 computers running Windows XP Pro SP2 in a workgroup. All pc's are connected with Linksys 1 GB NIC's to a 16 port Linksys Gigabit switch. One of the computers is acting a "file server". On this machine is a shared directory where all the office MS Word documents are stored. This directory has 1700 subdirectories containing 25000 files, so it's fairly large.
Access to this directory is very slow whether browsing with Windows Explorer or using the Open dialog in MS Word 2000. The wait to see the file listing is taking around 40-45 seconds.
Any ideas on how to speed this up? Changing the directory structure would be a last-resort solution. Is this an Indexing Service problem (yes it's turned on)? Any ideas on where to start solving this would be greatly appreciated!