Windows 10: File History external hard drive freezes computer

Discus and support File History external hard drive freezes computer in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; FYI - After switching to Windows 10 I chose to try File History to backup my data files. When the external hard drive is connected, my computer will... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by RBeech, Aug 3, 2021.

  1. RBeech Win User

    File History external hard drive freezes computer


    FYI - After switching to Windows 10 I chose to try File History to backup my data files. When the external hard drive is connected, my computer will freeze whenever the hard drive light is on. I am using a Dell laptop with wireless mouse and keyboard through a Dell "docking" station single USB-C cable. I also plugged the external drive in to the docking station. Freezing problem solved by plugging the external drive directly into the laptop, rather than through the docking station.

    :)
     
    RBeech, Aug 3, 2021
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  2. Remon Ont Win User

    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, Aug 3, 2021
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  3. File History is off and won't recognize my external drive

    Hi,



    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community. Let me help you.




    • Have you made any changes in settings prior to the issue?

    • What is the status when you connect your external driver in your system?

    • Have you checked with a different external drive? What is the status?

    • Have you tried connecting the drive in a different USB port? What is the status?


    I suggest you to disable your third party-software (If any) and check if it resolves the issue.

    Important Note: Antivirus software can help protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. In most cases, you shouldn't disable your antivirus software. If you have to temporarily disable it to install
    other software, you should re-enable it as soon as you're done. If you're connected to the Internet or a network while your antivirus software is disabled, your computer is vulnerable to attacks.

    Check if it helps.



    You can also try turning on file history by following the below procedure and check if it resolves the issue.

    To enable file history on Windows 10, connect an external hard drive and follow the steps below:


    • Open Start menu and type
      File History


    • Click File History (control panel)

    • Tap or click Select a drive, and choose the network or external drive you want to use.

    • Turn on File History
    Note: If the network drive you want isn’t in the list of available drives, tap or click Show all network locations. If the drive you want isn’t listed there either, open File History in Control Panel, tap or click Add
    a network location, and follow the instructions on the screen.

    Please reply with the details and updated status of the issue. We will be happy to assist you further.
     
    Aswin_Anand, Aug 3, 2021
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  4. File History external hard drive freezes computer

    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, Aug 3, 2021
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