Freezing External Harddrive

August 2, 2011 at 15:37:08
Specs: Windows 7
i have a Cavalry 1T external hard drive that keeps freezing my computer with a Windows 7 OS. it works perfectly fine on all my other computers Windows 7, Vista, and XP in my house except my main one.

i been using this same external hard drive without any problems for the past two to three months on my main one (with windows 7) but when i recently rebooted my computer because of a virus using the windows 7 CD it started freezing my computer.

it takes forever to recognize and when it finally recognizes it freezes my whole computer. unless i restart or pull out the plug on the external it is completely frozen.

now that i recall when i first got my main computer my 1T external did the same thing. it was about two to three months ago when i started reusing this external hard drive because i need something in it. and it worked perfectly, better than new. transferring 1G files in minutes

the last time it worked perfectly on my computer with out any problems was August 1. the day before i rebooted my computer.

i conclude that at some point between me buying the main computer and the last four months i installed something that fixes the problem, but when i rebooted it deleted it.

i am wondering if anyone had the same problem as me or knows what that something is.
if they could please help me.


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#1
August 2, 2011 at 23:58:17
try turning off indexing on the drive in win 7, reboot, then turn it back on..

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#2
August 3, 2011 at 04:54:28
sorry i don't know what 'indexing' is. princecorum

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August 3, 2011 at 05:39:58

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#4
August 3, 2011 at 06:32:04
Nope, does not work. I tried it.

thanks for the reply anyway.


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#5
August 3, 2011 at 09:45:16
Reboot means to power off then on again. Is this what you mean or something else?

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#6
August 5, 2011 at 07:11:44
no, reinstall windows 7. delete everything, and replace it with a new windows 7.

that kind of reboot.


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#7
August 5, 2011 at 07:11:44
no, reinstall windows 7. delete everything, and replace it with a new windows 7.

that kind of reboot.


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#8
August 5, 2011 at 07:30:58
Just to clarify terminology, what you were discribing is a "re-install" of Windows.

Are there any errors showing against the drive in Device Manager? It should be under Disk drives and mention USB. If there are no errors, from Device Manager right click the USB drive and hit "Uninstall". Make sure you choose the correct drive. Then reboot (ie power off then on again), so that the computer finds the USB drive software.

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#9
August 6, 2011 at 15:29:35
so do i do this when the hard drive is connected or when it is off.

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#10
August 6, 2011 at 15:55:24
"so do i do this when the hard drive is connected or when it is off"

w7 uninstalling device from device manager

http://www.google.com.au/#pq=window...


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#11
August 6, 2011 at 16:04:22
Leave the external hard drive connected. That way it will be picked up by windows when you reboot.

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#12
August 7, 2011 at 08:32:09
Derek

I just want to make sure, i won't lose my data my uninstalling it would i. because i have around 1T worth of data in it.


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#13
August 7, 2011 at 09:22:16
I definitely would not expect you to lose data off your external HD because it is a magnetic device. What I've suggested, from Device Manager, doesn't actually remove the software, it should pick it up again when you reboot (ie power off then on again) and this can often, but not always, fix issues.

However, nothing about computers can ever be guaranteed 100%.

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