I bought my external Toshiba 320 GB harddisk in 2006, it is USB 2.0. It worked fine untill a week ago. Everytime I want to use it, I turn it on with the on switch at the back of the drive. The blue light goes on and then... nothing.
After some minutes (it varies between 3 and 10) the drive suddenly makes a starting up sound (spinning up?) and the drive gets recognized by Windows. I use Windows XP Service Pack 3. Some times when I also turn on my second external drive it als gets automatically recognized, sometimes not.
After it gets recognized, the drive works perfectly without errors.
I have looked in the event viewer of windows, no errors or warnings there. When I reboot Windows the drive does not get recognized immediately (also takes some 3 minutes). I tried end tasking some tasks to see if there were programs "blocking" the drive, but that would not help.
Does anyone have some hints for me what I can try more? Or maybe had the same problem and solved it somehow?
Hi, I use a pc to connect my External drive to. The drive only has one USB connector, the power comes not from USB, but from an powerconnector (which is of course plugged in). After the drive has spun up, the drive works perfectly allright.
I used this drive with the same computer for about 2 years now, without any problems.