Open Search, (Start > Search), and select "Change Preferences". Click "Without an animated screen character".
I have a Toshiba MK8025GAS, 80 gig, external hard drive. The problem is that when I go to my computer, then double click on the external hard drive, instead of the files/folders or whatever is on this hard drive appearing, this search assistant (with this little dog) pops up in the left window pane. How do I bypass that search function and just get the contents of my drive to show up?