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External hard drive problem

by copypasta / January 4, 2007 6:34 AM PST

I have a Seagate 250gb hardrive and it has been working greatly untill a few days ago. Whenever I connect it to my computer, it makes my computer really slow and i cant do anything untill i turn it off. I tried to run a disk check when it occasionally poped up on My Computer, but it failed to complete it halfway through, now it doesnt even register with the computer when i turned it on. I'm using Windows XP SP2, and if what i need to do requires changing a setting during startup, include a detailed description, because im lost when it comes to that.

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Try one thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2007 6:36 AM PST

Use the rear USB port.


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by copypasta / January 4, 2007 6:38 AM PST
In reply to: Try one thing.

i am

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by copypasta / January 4, 2007 6:55 AM PST
In reply to: Try one thing.

ok, ive got it to autoplay, and show up as a drive, would you reccomend formatting it to NTFS? (its FAT32 right now)

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FAT32 is notorious for it's vanishing act.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2007 8:13 AM PST
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FAT32 has little to no damage resistance. Your choice here. I don't use it unless I'm exchanging files with some Mac or old Windows box.


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by copypasta / January 4, 2007 8:19 AM PST

So NTFS is better for one computer only needs? (so to speak)

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If you need proof, watch this forum.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2007 10:52 AM PST
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Vanishing USB hard disks daily. Served fresh...


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