visible Drives under ‘’My computer” take a long time to load

windows 7 home on 7 year old dell inspiron desktop

when I turn on my computer it takes an incredibly long time for my external hard drive connected to appear and populate under “my computer”
the green status bar seems to take forever to inch to the edge and the wheel spins non-stop.
After watching this for 15 minutes I tried to shut the computer down. While it did attempt to shut down after 15 minute it eventually choked and I got the dreaded black screen. I powered the computer off waited a few minutes and thankfully it booted back up to its normal screen.
At that point I did not try clicking on any drives under my computer because I had to leave the house for work and did not want to repeat the same scenario.

I have been using an external seagate drive for over a year with no problems.
this “long time to populate issue”seems to be most prevalent when I first turn the computer on, it does not seem as prevalent once the computer is up and running for a while.

Any Opinions would be appreciated

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for now

run chkdsk /f/r on the external drive in order to check for failing spots which can be marked bad, but probably on way to failure later.

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Test a couple of things

1. Turn the computer OFF. Unplug the external drive's USB cord from the computer. Turn the computer on and wait for it to boot up and settle down. Then, plug the external drive into the computer's USB port again and see how long it takes to be ready or available compared to how long it took before. If it takes approximately the same amount of time as before this suggests that the external drive itself is where the problem lies. The drive may be nearly full so it takes forever to read all the folder/file names and their size, OR it may have some "bad sectors". To check for this you can open a command prompt and type chkdsk c: /r, but instead of " c: " type the drive letter of your external drive, so it might look like chkdsk e: /r or chkdsk f: /r. A message may appear asking if you want to run this the next time the computer starts up. Say yes / ok to that, and restart the computer. Wait patiently while it runs.
2. You can double-check the results of the test above by connecting your external drive to a different USB port on your computer or to a different computer.
3. Another possibility is that Windows is so busy trying to update itself that loading your external drive is forever on the back burner, so to speak. Here, again, you can try disconnecting the external drive and boot up Windows without it. Give Windows at least half an hour to see if it wants to install or finish installing updates.

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visible Drives under ‘’My computer” take a long time to load

turned on computer and walked away and let it do its power up routine
came back half hour later and all drives were showing with content no problem.

i suspect it must have something to do with all the activity going on at startup
any tips on how to tune-up or basic maintenance

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I get this every once in awhile

with an seagate external HD. Sometimes is loses connection so instead of rebooting I just disconnect the USB cable and then plug it in and the drive appears.

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