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Windows 7: External hd problems

28 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
External hd problems

Hi all,

I have a Western Digital 750 gb external hd that I keep all of my media on. Ever since I installed windows 7 it has given me problems of dropping out. Every time I wake my machine from sleep, or restart it, the drive does not show up in my computer. I have to manually unplug it and plug it back in for windows to recognize it, which gets pretty annoying.

Any thoughts as to what might be going on?

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28 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Are there any errors in the device manager? Have you tried reinstalling the driver for the ex-hdd? Have you tried switching usb ports assuming it's a usb connection? Have you tried update the firmware of ex-hdd? Have you tried to update your BIOS? Then check your system for any malware, spyware and virus's....which can cause some problems for some external devices.
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28 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Sorry, I should have mentioned this in the first post: No errors, drivers are updated, and it's not the usb port. Just ran a full sweep for viruses etc and found nothing. Haven't updated firmware or BIOS, guess I will try that now. Thanks for the input
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28 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

You might want to check you have updated chipset drivers.
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29 Oct 2011   #5

Windows7 home premium 32-bit

FWIW, before you do anything too drastic . . . is this a big issue? Why not just accept it's Win agro and leave it unplugged when you retire for the night?

As a bonus the drive is separate from the PC - so you can lock it up, in another room, perhaps?
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30 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

But did you check for malware, spyware using "Malwarebytes" and "SpyBot S&D". These are the root cause's for a lot of windows mishaps.

Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download

The home of Spybot-S&D!
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30 Oct 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

You say that it does not show up in Computer - does it show up in Disk Management??
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