I just installed a Seagate 160GB external hard drive to a USB 2 port. It's up and operating finally, but if I forget to turn it off on the drive itself, my computer goes into Safe Mode when I start up the next time. After some frustration, I finally figured out that was the problem. If I turn it off, the computer starts normally with no problems. If I have a "crash" (which happens more often that I'd like) I often forget the hard drive is on until I reboot and go into Safe Mode.
My computer is an old Gateway Pentium II with Win 98SE. I have a card reader (compact flash etc) attached to another USB port and don't have any problems with it. The computer is hard wire networked with another computer, but the problem exisited before I was able to get the other computer to "see" the external (thanks to help on another forum).
Is there something I can do to keep this from happening or do I just have to remember to turn off the hard drive every time?
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