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Hard Drive acting like CD drive after loading music

by laramr1 / September 6, 2008 1:21 AM PDT

A friend copied a bunch of music to my USB Western Digital HD. When I turn the drive on it goes into autoplay mode scanning the entire drive for content. Once done it will work fine the first time I try to access it, but then it loses communication and won't recognize the drive. I'm running XP Pro.

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XP Pro.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2008 1:41 AM PDT

"XP Pro." Tell us why no SP2 or SP3.

Also use the rear USB ports next time and consider all those posts in our Storage Forum. Are you ready for this drive to fail?

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Thanks for jumping in..
by laramr1 / September 6, 2008 1:58 AM PDT
In reply to: XP Pro.

SP2. Not a big deal if I lose the data, but I don't think I have a hardware problem as it works fine when XP is restarted.

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The actions on "connect" are the autoplay settings.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2008 2:02 AM PDT

You can turn that off if you wish. Hint? Type XP AUTOPLAY at google.com.

Small details matter. I had a very long discussion with one member. They repeatly ignored the front or rear USB issue. In the end, moving to the rear USB port solved it.
Bob

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\$Mft - delayed write failed error??
by laramr1 / September 6, 2008 5:29 AM PDT

yes I am using a backside USB port. Seems maybe I have an issue with the MFT. Any advice?

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For that, schedule a boot time chdksk.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2008 5:32 AM PDT

If there is no hardware issue that might clear that up. If there is some corruption in the MFT I usually have to copy all the content off, remove the partitions, create the partitions, format (NTFS please) and then put the data back. If it fails again I look at the USB case's power supply, heat and swap the USB cable for a known USB 2.0 cable.
Bob

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