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Plugging In Usb Drive Crashes My Computer


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#1 tos226

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 10:32 PM

What might the cause be when a small Toshiba external USB drive when plugged into a XP computer crashes the computer?
When we first plugged it in, the standard MS driver got installed, the message is

#I121 Device install of "USB\VID_0930&PID_A000\0010101640000514W" finished successfully.

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the USB icon appears in the system tray, the mouse works but nothing else does. Not Explorer, not task manager, not the Start menu. NOTHING.
The only way to regain control is to unplug the computer.

We tried three times with the same tragic result.

This was my guest's drive. I have an identical drive, same class ID, same driver, and no problems ever.
She's using her drive on a Mac computer and it holds data just fine, but does require a powered hub, which I also tried here.

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 04:01 AM

You will need software to read the Mac files on a Window system.

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 03:22 PM

Aha! Aha! I din't think of it. Thanks.

I'd think that Windows in its infinite wisdom would say something like 'hey, there's no way I can display the directories in Explorer with a disk that's odd'. Would you think it crashed Windows because it just sat there trying or what?

BTW we had no intention of working that drive on XP, just needed to recheck something of a hardware nature, like bad cords.

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 08:50 PM

I'd think that Windows in its infinite wisdom would say something like 'hey, there's no way I can display the directories in Explorer with a disk that's odd'. Would you think it crashed Windows because it just sat there trying or what?

Windows is not friendly with other filesystems. And since the wonderful and talented programmers
from Redmond never dreamed anyone would have a need to use anything NON-Microsoft they just
left that part out. Sure Windows is sitting there eating up CPU and RAM trying to figure out what it is
and what you want it to do, but in the end it just gives up and crashes. :thumbsup:
I'm truly surprised it didn't report that the drive was not formatted and offer to format it for you.

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 09:57 PM

[I'm truly surprised it didn't report that the drive was not formatted and offer to format it for you.

About the only worse result I can imagine, then, is Redmond going ahead and formatting a drive, that isn't even mine, without asking :thumbsup:

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