This delay happens when you mix NTFS and FAT32 partitions in certain combinations.. Convert all of your drives to NTFS and you shouldn’t have this problem anymore. Then Win98 can’t read those harddisk partitions though.
Go to Start / Help and search for “Convert NTFS”: all you have to do is open a command prompt (start/run/command) then type:
convert (driver letter): /fs:ntfs
Example: “convert c: /fs:ntfs”