I can tell you that on this w98 machine if I open 'my comp' the floopy is 'not' accessed and appears immediately.
Did you install something via floopy lately?
Wonder if this ties in with things like recent docs or maybe mru.
Anyway...grab a copy of this.
Seems like a rather benign cleaner and should not hurt anything.
Win98SE, Asus P4C800-E mb, Panasonic floppy drive, all about three years old.
Lately, when clicking on 'My Computer', the screen opens, showing all the drives, Control Panel, etc., but the A:\ drive hasn't opened. I hear the drive 'hunting' for a few seconds, then it appears. No conflicts showing in Device Manager. It works just fine, just this odd behavior.
Do you think the drive might be on it's way to the floppy graveyard?