Maybe you hardware guru's may already know this, but after buying "Microsoft's Windows XP networking inside out", I found an interesting comment by the author relating to the file system used.
He states that, if you want speed over security, it is better to use Fat32 as opposed to NTFS. I tried this on a machine running Solidworks and he was right! :-)
Note:- "BACKUP UP FIRST, BEFORE TRYING THIS!" A standard warning, but some might not know this and I would hate to be "Flamed" whilst trying to help!.
When using NTFS and an assembly with 300 parts and 5 sub-assemblies each with 7 parts, I lost 37 seconds opening the file and revolving the assembly was a bit jittery! This was on a brand new machine with only Solidworks2003 SP5 on it. Changing to Fat32 helped a lot.(the server was unchanged)
Having to look after a network, I am always looking for ways to speed things up.
Do you super bods, have any more tips that would help to make a "faster and better" life, for us mere mortals?