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I Deleted my External Hard Drive Icon- and now it's slow!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Grimpel, Aug 28, 2007.

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  1. Grimpel

    Grimpel Thread Starter

    Aug 17, 2007
    while organizing my pictures, i hit upon the idea of deleting all photos under 100k since i was having trouble with way to many pictures and was trying to organize them.

    Seems i deleted in those images the Icon of my external hard drive (Western digital 500gb). The drive SEEMS to me to be much slowwwer since then- but i see no way to change the icon under properties (as you can for a folder.)

    so, my question is:

    how do i fix this slowness issue? and do you think that the icon deletion is in fact what caused it? i now get a slow, haning external (although it comes around eventually...)

    (i don't care so much for the fact that my icon is gone if that's not causing the problem.)

  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    I don't see deleting the icon as the cause.

    I'd be more worried it has an error, right click on the drive and go to Properties and Tools to run a Disk Scan on it, make sure to check the box to scan and fix errors too.

    You can also check the drive for a hardware failure with the WD diagnostics: http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?cxml=n&pid=999&swid=3

    And try something as simple as plugging it into a different USB port.
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