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Windows 7: External HD opens autoplay on start up

23 Jan 2013   #1

win 7 home premium 64 bit
External HD opens autoplay on start up

Hi there,
I bought a Toshiba P875-7200s last month. I have two external portable hard drives (a simple drive 250GB and a WD 250GB). The laptop has two powered USB 3 ports (for charging devices when the computer is off) and two USB 3 unpowered ports. I have the WD HD plugged into one of the powered ports and every time I start the computer the autoplay comes up asking what I want to do with the WD drive. I want to keep the autoplay function (opening CD, DVD, Photo files (which I do often)) but I want to stop this opening with my HD when I turn on the computer. I have seen numerous fixes for this on the web and have tried many of them, but none have worked. What do I do? I am not completely illiterate, but I am a 66 yo retired man who is not a geek either. I can follow instructions.

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23 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I'm thinking there is a file named autorun.inf (in)visible when you explore the WD drive. I can't remember if that file is part of the hidden file system by default, where you have to unhide system-wide. Rename the file and see if the autorun stops for this drive.
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23 Jan 2013   #3

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This is a hard drive where I have thousands of photos and numerous e books downloaded to, what files are you talking about? I really don't know anything about hidden files.
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