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External HDD causing explorer to freeze


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joxaal

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My external hard drive has stopped working well. First, once plugged in via USB and turned on, my computer no longer pops up the auto play message box. Second, I am able to open the drive from my computer and view the files. Everything seems normal and I can even transfer a file or two. However, for whatever reason the hard drive will cause windows explorer to freeze. At that point I try to restart windows explorer, but it never recovers fully. Once I turn off the hard drive, without "safely removing" it, windows explorer will return back to normal. I want to at least be able to recover my files, what should I do? I run the most updated version of Vista on a Leenovo T61p laptop.
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