Windows 10: External drive freezes computer

Discus and support External drive freezes computer in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; All of a sudden, a 2Tb Seagate Back Up Plus Portable Drive temporarily slow down and even froze my Desktop computer. I can see the drive and his... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Chompito FJ, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. External drive freezes computer


    All of a sudden, a 2Tb Seagate Back Up Plus Portable Drive temporarily slow down and even froze my Desktop computer. I can see the drive and his folders, but I cannot copy or transfer files. Also it can not be properly disconnect from the computer, and I have to suspend the computer in order to unplug it properly.


    I have several 1Tb external USB Hard disks and one 2Tb external USB Hard Disk. They connect and transfer data properly with my PC.


    On the other hand, the "problematic" disk works properly on my notebook.


    Both my desktop and laptop run Windows 10 version1903 and both have the latest updates.


    I run several diagnostic program on the 2Tb disk and no errors were found.


    Do you have any idea how can I solve this problem?


    Thanks!

    :)
     
    Chompito FJ, Sep 16, 2019
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  2. External drive

    Hi Richard,

    There are several factors that can cause your external drive to not read DVDs even though the system is recognizing the device. This could be caused by a driver that needs to updated or corrupted files. For us to resolve your concern, kindly answer the questions
    below:

    • Just to confirm, the device that is not working properly is a external DVD optical drive?
    • Were there any recent changes or updates installed on your computer?
    • Have you tried to plug the external drive to a different port on your computer?

    As a initial recommendation, we suggest that your run the built in troubleshooter in Windows 10. Kindly refer to the steps below:

    • Type “Troubleshooting” in the Search bar and press Enter.
    • Click on “View All” in the top left corner.
    • This will display the list of troubleshooters which are built-in in the computer. You can click on
      Hardware and Devices from the list and you can run the troubleshooter.

    This will check for common errors that affect hardware on your computer and attempts to correct them.

    We look forward to your response after completing the steps.
     
    Jordan Dom, Sep 16, 2019
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  3. Computer freezes and Explorer doen't respond when I plug an external Hard drive

    Hello jobkakule,

    The issue is possibly caused by corrupted data or bad sectors on your external hard drive or could be a sign of a failing hard drive.

    To better assist you with your concern, I'd like to know the following:

    • Confirm which build is currently installed on your device. To check, follow the steps below:
    1. Press Windows key + R, then type in winver.
    2. Click OK.
    • Have you tried plugging your external hard drive to a different USB port? Also, check if you can access the drive by plugging it to a different computer.
    • What is the make and model of your computer?

    Meanwhile, I'd suggest to repair the bad sectors on your external hard drive. Kindly refer to the steps below:

    (Let's just assume that the drive letter for your external hard drive is E. If not, please do change it to the correct drive letter)

    1. Plug in your external hard drive. Click on Start, search for
    Command Prompt, right-click on it and select Run as administrator.

    2. Type in the following command below and press Enter after each command:

    Chkdsk /f E:

    Chkdsk /r E:

    3. Reboot your computer after the scan is completed.

    Looking forward to your response.

    Regards.
     
    Melchizedek Qui, Sep 16, 2019
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  4. Remon Ont Win User

    External drive freezes computer

    External Hard Drive

    Hi John,

    We suggest that you try the troubleshooting steps below:

    • Open your External Hard Drive file in File Explorer.
    • Type the name of the file you want to search on the search box and click Enter.
    The file will show up in Search Results and you will be able to move it to the correct folder.

    Let us know if you need further help.
     
    Remon Ont, Sep 16, 2019
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