Whenever my WD external drive is “mounted” onto my PC (i.e. I can access the drive from My Computer), and I put my PC to hibernate or sleep; after the PC resumes, I typically suffer one of the following:
The drive takes 30 seconds (in case of wake up from sleep) or 1 minute (in case of wakeup from hibernate) to remount. The WD icon for the drive blinks several times for at least another 2 minutes (at max continuously) after remount and right clicking it does not show the normal list of commands including “Safely remove WD My Book 1394 HDD [G]:”. During this period of post-WD-drive-mount instability, there is difficulty in accessing the drive and its contents by double clicking on the drive or its content from My Computer, since each double click command takes about 10 seconds for the drive to respond.
The mouse becomes totally unresponsive, which is fixable by putting the PC to sleep and then waking it up (only happens in case of wakeup from sleep).
Blue screen error (only happens in case of wakeup from hibernate).
The only way I have to avoid this is that before I put the PC to sleep or hibernate, I right click on the drive’s system tray icon (or drive icon in My Computer) to safely remove the drive.
Once the drive is unmounted (although still physically connected), it does not create a problem with my PC’s sleep, hibernate and resume.
However, this method defeats the purpose of sleep and hibernation.
Kindly help resolve.
Drive: WD My Book Home Edition WD5000H1CS-00 (connected via FireWire)
My current PC configuration is:
PC: HP Compaq dx7500 Microtower
RAM: Corsair 4 GB
Graphics card: Zotac GeForce GTS 250 ZT-20105-10P
OS: Win Vista SP2 32 bit
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7600
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
Windows Media Player v11.0.6002.18311