USB indicator keeps flashing unless I disconnect/connect my ext hdd

This happens 3 out of every 5 times I turn on my unit.  The USB icon keeps flashing, never connecting to my external USB drive.  I have to disconnect then reconnect my USB drive for it to work.

Any ideas whats going on?  Its a HUGE pita to have to do this, since my unit is stored under the TV.

Bump.  Anyone have any suggestions?

It is most likely scanning the drive for filesystem errors after an unclean removal or shutdown.   It can be a lengthy process.

You could try connecting it to your PC and do the scan from there, which is somewhat faster.