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    External Hard Drive stops XP shutting down

    I have a 160gb Freecom USB external hard drive. WinXP (SP3) won't shut down if the external drive is plugged in and switched on. Windows will only shut down if the external drive is switched off or unplugged before trying to shut down. The drive works OK otherwise. I've tried a different external hard drive with no switching off problems. I'd be grateful for ideas to solve this annoyance

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    Re: External Hard Drive stops XP shutting down

    I have run into this and some machine will NOT start up after a shut down if the USB drive in on. We have 2 SeaGate drives on 2 different machines and OS's (XP on one and Vista on the other) and they both give us issues.
    We have learned to live with it. Just turn OFF the Drives before shutting down and not to turn then back on until the machines are up and running.
    One other issue with this, is at times one will lose the share that is set up and must be redone.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: External Hard Drive stops XP shutting down

    Have you tried Safely Remove Hardware for the USB drive before shutting down? (The green arrow/grey icon at the bottom right of the screen.)

    You can also call Safely Remove Hardware from a BATch file as
    <code>C:WINDOWSsystem32rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll</code>
    or maybe use DEVCON, to avoid any user interaction.
    BATcher

    Time prevents everything happening all at once...

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    Re: External Hard Drive stops XP shutting down

    Thanks for ideas - It's no big deal so I'll learn to live with it.

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