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My WD MyBook 500GB drive is causing Windows XP to be self-retardant. (Slows)

It just started yesterday- Whenever I start up Windows XP with the ExternalHD plugged in, it won't get past the windows login (loading user settings bluescreen); it will freeze. Whenever I plug in the EHD past that point, it causes my computer to lag beyond the point of use. I would love to try the solutions listed in the other sections, but I have neither the money to afford data retrieval or another EHD. On top of that, If I wanted to change the Drive's letter (It's currently stuck on E:\), It'd have to be plugged in; and when it is, I can hardly access anything. I cannot defrag it for the same reason. This happens to be a major problem, as I have many school-related files on there, not to mention some 70+GB of music. ):

Any help will be dearly appreciated. Thanks!

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  • Roflsalad Jun 13, 2008

    Please note, this isn't the same problem as before- I can't use it at any point, period.

  • Roflsalad Jun 13, 2008

    I'd love if that solution worked, however, It doesn't help; whenever I plug it in at any later time, it simply causes my computer to lag to an unbelieveable point. I can't do anything.

  • Roflsalad Jun 16, 2008

    Thank you for trying, I'll see if that works.

  • Roflsalad Jun 16, 2008

    Okay, well, this is interesting.

    I've had it unplugged for a little over two days now. I plugged it back in just a moment ago, and two interesting things happened;

    One, It detected it was a disk (Had uninstalled earlier, and had been unable to re-install)

    Two, upon the restart, it did not cause Windows XP to hang- however, I cannot access it. Though it appears Windows does indeed detect it, in a way. Many of my desktop shortcuts go to that HD, and the icons have re-appeared now that it's re-installed. However, I cannot get to it, even through device management.

  • Roflsalad Jun 16, 2008

    How long would autoplay take to register around 200+GB of files?
    Because as it stands, every time I try to cancel, it continues scanning in the background, or something similar. So, what happens if I let it read?

  • Roflsalad Jun 17, 2008

    Woof. I'll check, considering a good chunk of those are pictures.

  • Roflsalad Jul 06, 2008

    Well, it's been almost a month, and still no progress, sadly. One (very) temporary solution I have found is to try and stop the EHD from 'Safely Remove Hardware'. While it tries to stop, it frees up my computer temporarily from the lag. I only have about 30 seconds though, as it pops up with a message saying 'The device 'Generic volume' cannot be stopped because a program is still accessing it.'

    Now, this leads me to believe one of two things.
    One, I've got some sort of virus or the like.
    Two, Autoplay is not allowing the EHD to come into use. (Or some other windows program.) If it's one of my programs, (mostly some games) I'm rather unsure of what that would be, considering they're all on it.

  • Roflsalad Jul 13, 2008

    Nothing virus-wise, so I'll assume it's just the EHD.

    Well, I'm going to give up at this point, get a replacement in a month or so.
    I'll keep this one though, just in case there's ever a solution to this posted.

    Thank you for all your help!


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Heres what you do.

Don't plug your external HD in while the computer is booting up. It's looking for Windows on your external hard drive. Hence the black screen.

Plug your USB or Firewire cable back in once Windows is finished booting up.

Mine does that sometime too.

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  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 13, 2008

    Windows is scanning the drive for pictures and things. You could take if off auto play in the properties and see if that helps.

    Then you can defrag it.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 16, 2008

    Once it gets done reading it, it will try loading up pictures. If you have a photo software asssociated with it, it will add the pictures to the album.

    Depends on how many of those types of files you have.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jul 07, 2008

    Wouldn't hurt to scan it for viruses and spyware. If there was some in the computer that would bog things down.


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