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My external drive keeps spinning down or something and freezes up wahtever program is using it (FCP, Lightroom) I have it partitioned into a few discs. How can I keep it active?

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  • cvanderl Jun 23, 2009

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Change its format to Fat32 if on NTFS and there could be the OS fault so recommend that reinstall OS and better if Replace it with Windows 7 Faster and easier if not using one..Regards

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