|Okay, I've seen a lot of posts around relating to the WD(Western Digital) brand and silly me, I bought the HDD without doing my research, which has now potentially cost me AUS$160. Anyway, I had transferred all my files (the ones that could be transferred) from my Maxtor HDD which I dropped. I've searched through many topics, and most users have this problem on XP, not Vista, and so I have no idea what to do.|
Things had been working perfectly for about a week, until today, I dropped this one too (really kicking myself for this, I usually take care of my computers as though they are my own children). I pick it up, plug it back in, everything works fine, but then I shut down the computer, and it took an awfully long time, more so than usual. I had updates to install as well, but the computer didn't say anything about updates while shutting down. I started the computer up later, and after removing the HDD from the USB port, it finally moved on to the logon screen.
After logging on, I found that the updates did have to be installed anymore, but also plugging my HDD back in anything involving a Windows Explorer process, and pretty much every other program would not run, or ran slowly. Things returned to normal when I took the HDD out.
After a fair bit of waiting, Device Manager opened, and it says that the drive is there, all drivers are up to date. I System Restored back to the point before the updates installed, but still nothing.
I should add that the drive is visible in Device Manager, but does not appear in My Computer/Computer, although after unplugging the drive, it will show up for a split second.
My problem is I can't do anything/anything quickly while the HDD is plugged in, so I'm stumped as what to do next.