Posted 02 March 2009 - 07:31 AM
I believe that Windows remembers that your external drives were on at sometime during your session and if you turn them off before you shut down, Windows will hang at the point where it is looking for them to signal that they are finished doing what they were doing so that they will shut down along with the rest of your system. Even though you aren't using them, they are still a part of your system. You may even have some applications or processes stored on them that XP is looking for to shut down normally. I would just leave them on during my session and let them turn off along with Windows.
Does this look like an OldGrumpyBastard or what?