I have two external hard drives attached to my desk top computer. One is a WD 10EAVS drive. This one turns on and off automatically when I start or stop my computer. The other is a Maxtor One Touch II. This one has an on off switch and doesn’t tun off when I stop my computer.
I use XP’s “Safely remove hardware” to stop it before I turn it off. Some times I get the message that the drive cannot be stopped at that time. I think the drive is doing a self-check and perhaps rewriting files to other portions of the disk, I’m not sure. Some times I can get this message for 5-10 minutes. However, if I want to stop my computer, the drive seems to be able to shut down with no delay like that. Can anyone explain to me what’s going on? It’s not a real problem, I’d just like to know.