Originally Posted by stevethebrain
the drive seamed normal . normal enough for me to transfer files about 500GB then a few weeks later started acting up.
the other issue I'm concerned w/ is when the new drive disappeared the drive where I transfered files from G also disappeared and won't reappear untill I power sys down wait a few hours then G will reappear not right at bootup but a few minutes later doe's this sound abnormal or normal?
Back in the day when I built all my desktops from scratch I always set the BIOS to boot just from one drive, not recognizing any others...until I needed then I'd just go back into the BIOS and turn on whatever drive I want to include...installing a OS from a disk, etc.
Perhaps doing that will help.
When I connect my WD EasyStore 10Tb usb hdd to my laptop it takes up to a minute for it to appear on my screen. It has 7Tb of movies/shows on it and it takes some time to start and be accessible. This happens for all of my portable hdd's.
I was going to replace the 128gb ssd internal hdd in my Dell laptop with a 256gb drive. I spoke to the BB Geek Squad about the process of doing this and was warned that it can and often causes problems because there are drivers, etc. that don't transfer over, or correctly transfer, causing boot problems.
Rather than spending hours trying this I just decided to use the internal hdd for the OS and what I really needed on it...argh Itunes demands it and takes a lot of storage and it won't stay on an added drive without causing problems...and everything else on external drives of which I use 2 for the laptop, photos, music, ebooks, backup, etc.
Good luck and keep us informed.