Autoplay scan pops up for some USB drives

Hewlett-packard / Dv4-1030ee
September 19, 2010 at 15:37:47
Specs: XPH SP3, 2.0 Ghz with 2Gb RAM
Apparently there's some setting that causes USB drives (the moment their plugged in) to scan the contents as seen in an autoplay popup.

Aside from some flash drives that don't do that, ie; I think FAT32's don't/won't, and aside from the obvious reply about checking autoplay settings, for those drives that this happens on, given that I've set autoplay to 'do nothing', I don't understand why this is happening and only on about half my external drives.

I usually keep system restore turned off, assured that indexing (allow) and recycle bin (immediately delete) settings are the same for all drives, so might somone have an idea how to stop this little annoyance?

I think I tried disabling indexing for one USB drive, but still most USB (storage drives are all NTFS) autoplay scanned before I can access them and I can't find any differences between the drives that scan and those that don't.

Could the answer either involve turning off indexing on the pc "and" the external drive, that or maybe drives that are partitioned, must be autoplay scanned and those w/o partitions, don't?

Regards and hap-e-trails, Steve Hopper

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September 20, 2010 at 11:11:27
This is a common occurrence when external drives have music or photos on them. Media is detected and then Windows will ask you which program you want to view/run it with.

I don't recommend messing with this setting, this could open up a terrible mess if something goes wrong.

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September 20, 2010 at 14:19:09
I don't recommend messing with this setting, this could open up a terrible mess if something goes wrong


I completely agree with you. I couldn't have said it better than you.


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September 21, 2010 at 00:53:33
Thanks for replies.

What with these autoplay scans happening just on some of my EHD's (all of them have pics and videos), often the scan is brief (not annoying), but every so often even the same specific EHD scan takes 'forever' and randomly a scan won't even complete (worse yet, the popup doesn't even list file file names and/or progress, despite the animated file folder's flying about) and I end up jerking out it's USB cable.

As such, I'm still thinking there's something wrong or at least avoidable regarding the scanning (as seen by autoplay popups).

As for 'don't mess with this setting', that seems to come out of the blue. What setting, surely we arn't advising not to use autoplay's options, are 'we'?

Regards and hap-e-trails, Steve Hopper

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