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win7 won't instal usb drive on start up


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davidc51

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I've seasrched for this problem but it's a bit long-winded to explain so apologies if I've missed an obvious previous topic!!
I've recently got a new barebones Novatech system. Its a Foxconn motherboard with an Intel i5 processor running win7 prof with sp1. I have a Memorex traveldrive external usb 2.5 hard drive which I have had for a few years now. It workes fine on all my other PCs but it usually doesn't get installed when I leave it plugged into my new PC on start up. I also have a Buffalo external 2.5 usb hard drive which is also left plugged in and that works fine. The memorex traveldrive works fine if I unplug it and plug it back in but just won't reliably install if I leave it plugged in. I have swapped usb slots and that seems to make no difference. Interestinly a couple of times it HAS appeared on start up! Once it has been recognised it works with no problems at all until I shut down and re-start.
Is there anything obvious I can check or do I just need to keep re-plugging it after I start my PC up?

Thanks for any help you can give.

DavidC

Edited by davidc51, 20 November 2011 - 08:28 AM.

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Do not think you are alone in this problem. I have 6 external drives. All these drives were taken out of broken comps and installed in enclosures. toshiba 2 gig laptop drive, IBM 20 gig laptop drive, WD 160 IDE drive, WD 250 IDE drive,WD 500 sata desktop drive and a 120 gig sata laptop drive. I also have 5 desktop comps of which 4 i built and a older Compaq S5000 i got for free(broken, but i fixed it). 2 have early versions of XP with upgrades but they will not see the sata drives. The later version of XP and the vista comps see all the drives. My win 7 comp see's all but the 160 gig drive. no reason for it but it makes the sound when hooked to the USB port but there's nothing there when i look in windows explorer. I have not been able to fix this yet. A work in progress as the 160 gig drive has all my music on it.

I use these drives on older XP systems since most still cannot read over 2 gig SD cards even with the microsoft hotfix installed. The new electronics on big SD cards just play havoc with older comps. I do have a sandisk adapter that works in older comps now. It's called a micromate.

One of these days i will figure this think out, or comp's will change so drastically in the next few years that it just wont matter.

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At least I'm not the only one.
It appears that on boot-up this traveldrive fails to install (sometimes with an error message-sometimes without) but, if I re-start the PC, it installs it OK.
Not sure if that is always the case but for the past few days it seems to be. Also if I plug the drive in after the PC has started up it detects it and installs it fine.

Not a real problem but irritating.

DavidC
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