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External USB IDE 2.5" Hard Drive Freezes PC!

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#1 saajid


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Posted 19 December 2008 - 09:05 AM

Hi there, I have a usb external hdd which i need to use, but when i plug it into my pc everything freezes (not responding errors, bla bla bla), so i cannot use the drive, but when i unplug the drive the pc goes back to normal and everything responds, as normal!

i have tried using the drive on several pc's, however all of them have been vista, i do not have access to xp, also the enclosure is not the problem as i have tried the drive in more than 3 enclosures with the same error, could someone help please, i would like to format the drive so i do not mind losing whatever is on it to start off with


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Posted 19 December 2008 - 12:11 PM

I would say the hard drive is bad.
I just had one that not only froze the computer, it did some minor damage. I tried it on another computer and melted the USB cable and the hard drive case. The drive had a direct short
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#3 saajid

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 01:29 PM

:thumbsup: !! thats bad but i gave this hard drive to someone else and it did work for them but it still will not work for me, so i think it may be vista or the pc's that i have tried it on. also i tried plugging it into my ps3 via usb cable (as you would on a pc) and the ps3 fails to spin the hdd for more than 2 or 3 seconds and it keeps retrying if that helps at all.

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 04:03 PM

Could you post a link to to external HDD your having trouble with please?
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