how to fix external usb drive causes xp bsod

October 2, 2010 at 08:53:35
Specs: Windows XP
Does NOT crash in safe mode.

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#1
October 2, 2010 at 09:14:29
To provide further infomation:

I first noticed this about 6 months ago. I Googled and searched the net then and tried several things. I set the external usb hdd aside for a while until recently when I decided I really needed to back up my laptop to the usb hdd. Of course the problem had not gone away. I have searched for several weeks now, but still have not found a solution. The key symptoms are:
1. Immediate BSOD when USB HDD is plugged in to running Windows XP.
2. If plugged in then boot to Windows XP, boot runs aprox. half way before BSOD.
3. Plugging in when in Safe Mode allows me to use the USB HDD without any problems.
4. The USB HDD had been working fine for a year or more before six months ago.
5. USB HDD can be connected to another computer running XP with no problems.
6. MAYBE - I did something to write or partially write to the boot sector on the USB HDD, but I can't find out what should be in the first 446 bytes of the boot sector of a new/newly formatted HDD.

I hope this further information may help me get to the cause and fix for my problem.

Thanks, in advance,
Bob


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#2
October 2, 2010 at 09:30:19
Try the drive on another WinXP box. If WinXP doesn't BSOD, then it's your system. Try the typical things, like disabling any anti-virus/security programs. Also, provide the BSOD error; those numbers aren't just random noise, you know.

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#3
October 2, 2010 at 10:17:44
Razor2.3,

Thanks for your reply.

I plugged the USB HDD in to get you the BSOD error info... and no BSOD. I rebooted with the USB HDD connected - no BSOD.

The last thing I remember running was a "MS winxp malicious sw removal tool". I ran it over night, but it had crashed and gave me no report. Maybe it fixed something, or maybe posting here fixed it!

Thank you very much for your time. The problem is fixed, but if it happens again, I'm not sure how to fix it! ;-(

Bob

P.S.
This is my first post. Do I need to do anything to close it?


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October 2, 2010 at 10:27:23
This is my first post. Do I need to do anything to close it?
Nope. We both just wonder off.

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