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External Drive Starts Up when installing Software

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by big-tony, Apr 13, 2010.

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  1. big-tony

    big-tony Thread Starter

    Jul 26, 2007
    I have one of those external hard disc drivers that when idle for a few mins it powers down.

    Only whenever I click on the drive letter does it power back up however this is not a problem.

    I've noticed that sometimes when installing a program, that drive will power up on it's own. What could this be?
    It's not a major problem but I've been curious as to what it could be.
  2. oksteve


    Sep 14, 2008
    The software in the external drive kicks in when it recieves info from your computer.
    Like a puppy pricking up its ears when it hears something new.
    Once no further commands come along the drive settles back down again.

    It can be annoying I know. You might want to check the makers manual to see if you can alter its state when you install something not going to that drive.

    Also check that it does not think it is the primary drive. (computers thinking pffff as if thats ever going to happen !!) Hmmmm whats this about Skynet!!??!!:)
  3. antech

    antech Banned

    Feb 23, 2010
    Or maybe it can be a virus which is present on the external disk which executes itself when a prog is being installed.
    As a precaution, download SAS and MalwareBytes
    (download links present in my sign.)
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