Why Is My Ehd Confusing?
Posted 24 November 2009 - 10:13 AM
Last night I wanted to take my laptop upstairs to read in bed, so I clicked on the "Safely Remove" command and waited until it told me I could remove the EHD, just as I'd done a couple of times before in the process of copying files.
Now, this morning I had trouble getting my laptop to SEE the EHD. I've read the documentation; it's no help. I guess there is a certain order to do things, although I tried two ways and what finally worked is unplugging and replugging in the power for the EHD. When I replugged it in, then my laptop finally could see my EHD. But I shouldn't have to mess with the power cord. I did try pushing the power button at one point, and nothing happened.
Any advice? Was this just a harmless glitch, or is there a certain orderly procedure for using EHDs? I didn't realize it was going to be complicated!
Posted 24 November 2009 - 10:32 AM
In my experience, all computers hate us and want to confuse us. Therefore, my guess is that there is a magic sequence involved in turning on your EHD. Do you turn your laptop off before you move it? Because if so, I would try putting in the hard drive before you turn on the laptop.
Hope you get some better advice and figure out how to enjoy your lovely new EHD!
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Posted 24 November 2009 - 11:56 AM
Posted 24 November 2009 - 12:09 PM
I want to get a portable ehd to use with my laptop.
Posted 24 November 2009 - 12:51 PM
..Its better to shut off the computer or laptop before removing the EHD.
Thanks for the helpful explanation Vaughnde. When you say "shut off" do you mean entirely shut down? Or is closing the lid of my laptop sufficient? I usually just shut the lid, and rarely entirely shut down my laptop.
Posted 24 November 2009 - 01:14 PM
Posted 24 November 2009 - 01:55 PM
Your laptop needs to be shut down totally periodically. Shutting the lid does not always shut down the laptop and its still running in the background. Which also does make the fan work harder. So its actually safer for your laptop to have a total shut down at least once a day usually at night when you are sleeping. Consequently a shut down totally for the EHD to be unplugged and plugged back in same way as with a desktop is the safest mode. its like when you have a mouse or keyboard plugged in. It has to be plugged in before the computer starts up. When I used my mom's laptop I shut it off totally before unplugging anything or plugging anything into it. Safer that way.
Your Pc and lap top does not need to ever be shut down peroidically, it has been proven time and time again if you don't mind paying for the electric bill to keep all the computers in your house on all the time 24-7 it will do no harm in ever leaving them on.
There is a power off setting in your lap tap power savings tabs that specifies that wether your lid closes it shuts down, or not.
Now If you want to clear any cache or memory build up being used then it is a good time to peroidically to shut your lap top or desk top down. But it is not necessary. People like us who use memory alot on our systems by the programs we play with, or if the machines are running on bare minimun memory yes it can be tasking on them when you have say CS on for hours and hours and are running tasking actions on the cs. But if the program is set up properly in the settings area of cs or pse you will be fine for hours of enjoyment using your system LOL.
It is recomendded that when you are not using your EHD to power it down. They have a life expectecy of only so long and they should be shut down according to Sea Gate, ad a few other EHD manufacturers. Personally my EHD is off almost all the time I rarely plug either of them in, unless I am directly using them. I do not have a power button on eith of mine so I pull the plug LOL the USb portion is always left in both I pull the power cord always. I have 1 EHD knock on wood that is over 3 years old and still going strong! The bigger on is about a year old and I hope and pray it lasts as long as the older one has so far LOL!
V I am not trying to be insulting on your advice ..please understand this, We just had this in class 2 weeks ago LOL It infact is written in our books that they never have to be shut down studies have been done on this and it has no ill effect either way unless your pcket book says differently! LOL Now mind you LCD's and the older CRT's cost differntly to keep on all the time too!
Posted 24 November 2009 - 02:41 PM
Posted 24 November 2009 - 03:40 PM
My husband sent me a video about fires being caused by computers being left on when people were sleeping or not at home. (evidently they can catch on fire!!!) The video was from the fire department in the city where he works. My husband even said to unplug the power strips from the wall. (I don't usually do this because it's too hard to reach the wall outlet, but I do power down the computer and turn off the power strips.)
However, whenever ANYTHING is not working correctly on my computer, my husband the computer guy says to do a shut down as the first trouble-shooting technique.
And if your computer is ever so difficult as to ignore the shut down command and you have to press and hold the external power button to get it to turn off, please follow this up with a "clean" shut down. That means start up your computer successfully, then turn it off with the on-screen "shut down" command. THEN start it up again and use it. There's just something really good for a computer when it gets shut down successfully. (This also is advice from DH the computer guy.)
I won't go into the details, but BAD computer problems have happened to me when I ignore DH's advice, including a $200 trip to the computer repair shop to recover data from a hard drive on the day of a graphic design deadline!!!
He's sort of an Irish type and shares this advice in such a gentle, nice tone, that I (of German/Polish/Russian descent, need I say more?) thought that I perhaps knew better! Now I know that valuable advice can be shared in a gentle tone!
Posted 24 November 2009 - 04:44 PM
Posted 24 November 2009 - 05:01 PM
And as far as that thing about the fires, even my DH who has been in computers for more than two decades wasn't aware of it. These fire departments--they really err on the side of extreme safety, I even know of a fireman who won't allow his family to put up exterior Christmas lights because of the danger of fire! And another one who will put up exterior Christmas lights, but they buy fresh new ones every year "just in case."
There are so many experts around these days, it's hard to know who to believe! But I do think it is helpful, as computer owners, to talk about what really works for us. I have had some very temperamental (sp?) computers and EHDs at times! (MaryLou had it right, they want to confuse us!)
So I think we all have had somewhat different computer experiences, and we can share them here so hopefully we can help others... There is value in hearing from a variety of people and experiences...
Posted 24 November 2009 - 07:21 PM
Posted 25 November 2009 - 08:24 AM
Last night when I wanted to take my laptop with me upstairs, I shut it down before disconnecting the EHD. However, this morning I decided to reconnect the hard drive just before opening my laptop, rather than opening it to shut it down first. And the laptop and EHD had no trouble communicating. Yay!
Posted 25 November 2009 - 01:44 PM
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