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    plug it in after booting XP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midget View Post
    plug it in after booting XP
    i did its actually stopped doing that after about 4/5 attempts. now it connects and the pc can see the drive but doesnt allocate a drive letter to it so i cant access it.

    Any ideas?

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    open diskmgmt.msc and allocate a drive letter from there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahmeepee View Post
    open diskmgmt.msc and allocate a drive letter from there?
    Thanks sahmeepee i'll give that a go

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    I think I got something along the lines of this :

    http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/...&cat=60&page=1

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    oh all, still can't get this bl@@dy disk to stop booting. every time i plug in it tries to boot from it. HOW CAN I STOP IT DOING THIS IS DOING MY HEAD IN

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    AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!

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    Calm down, your get there.
    So you've got the laptop hd in a caddy attached via usb to your desktop PC correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flashsnaps View Post
    Calm down, your get there.
    So you've got the laptop hd in a caddy attached via usb to your desktop PC correct?
    Yep, plug it in xp reads it, says disk drive found. i hear the drive click and then it tries to boot from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkwellstu View Post
    Yep, plug it in xp reads it, says disk drive found. i hear the drive click and then it tries to boot from it.
    So the computer reboots when you plug the USB hard drive in or does it just try to auto run it? If it is auto run then it is just looking for instructions and content on the disk. If it is at this stage it should allow you to see the files on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    So the computer reboots when you plug the USB hard drive in or does it just try to auto run it? If it is auto run then it is just looking for instructions and content on the disk. If it is at this stage it should allow you to see the files on it.
    mmmmmmmmm not sure as there is a lapse of around 1min before anything happens. i get as far as seeing the disk (via DOS cant see it through windows) and then i hear the click and it reboots. if it is an autorun feature how do i turn it off? i dont think i can get at it through the registry can i? if it doesnt have a drive letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkwellstu View Post
    then i hear the click and it reboots. if it is an autorun feature how do i turn it off? i dont think i can get at it through the registry can i? if it doesnt have a drive letter.
    Just clarifying it actually reboots, with the whole screen going blank then the bios then the windows loading screen. If this is the case I think that there may be something wrong with your laptop.

    Switching off booting from a USB device should just be a case of going into the bios and putting 'USB Device' or 'USB Mass storage Device' at the end of the list after the hard drive.

    If it is fully rebooting you may want to try this on a different computer and maybe make sure that your virus checker is up to date.

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    USB rebooting the machine is usually due to an IRQ conflict. Try disabling your COM ports in the BIOS, that'll usually free up enough spare IRQ lines to make the machine behave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Just clarifying it actually reboots, with the whole screen going blank then the bios then the windows loading screen. If this is the case I think that there may be something wrong with your laptop.

    Switching off booting from a USB device should just be a case of going into the bios and putting 'USB Device' or 'USB Mass storage Device' at the end of the list after the hard drive.

    If it is fully rebooting you may want to try this on a different computer and maybe make sure that your virus checker is up to date.
    I appreciate your time Synack. tried it on a desktop and it did reboot but just once. then i couldn't see it at all. i'll try the bios thing and see what that does. failing that i think i could end up in an asylum .... again

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    if the disk is clicking, well no offence, but you are f***ed

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