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control of external drive?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by spamlet, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. spamlet

    spamlet Flightless Bird

    (XP Pro)
    I have Process Explorer, which tells me a lot about what is happening on the
    C: drive, but I find that external USB drives (MyBook 500gigs) are tending
    to hang, and I cannot see how to find out what programme is causing it. Any
    ideas how to tell what external drives are doing?

    Cheers,

    S
     
  2. Russ SBITS.Biz [SBS-MVP]

    Russ SBITS.Biz [SBS-MVP] Flightless Bird

    Could it be your AV Software that is Scanning it upon detection?
    Russ

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    "spamlet" <spam.morespam@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
    news:eczX4uCpKHA.2076@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > (XP Pro)
    > I have Process Explorer, which tells me a lot about what is happening on
    > the C: drive, but I find that external USB drives (MyBook 500gigs) are
    > tending to hang, and I cannot see how to find out what programme is
    > causing it. Any ideas how to tell what external drives are doing?
    >
    > Cheers,
    >
    > S
    >
     
  3. Patrick Keenan

    Patrick Keenan Flightless Bird

    "spamlet" <spam.morespam@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
    news:eczX4uCpKHA.2076@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > (XP Pro)
    > I have Process Explorer, which tells me a lot about what is happening on
    > the C: drive, but I find that external USB drives (MyBook 500gigs) are
    > tending to hang, and I cannot see how to find out what programme is
    > causing it. Any ideas how to tell what external drives are doing?
    >
    > Cheers,
    >
    > S


    Depending on when the hang happens, this can be a BIOS problem and not
    related to the OS at all. Some Dell models, for example, would fail to
    boot with some USB drives attached.
     
  4. spamlet

    spamlet Flightless Bird

    Thanks to you both.
    Yes the AV would take a long time to get through the two extra drives, but
    the last time I got the hang, it continued after the av had been turned off.

    Any idea of any way to monitor what is happening on the drives in similar
    way to Process Explorer on the on board drive?

    Cheers.
    S
     

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