I have a problem on my Windows Vista that began afetr the purchase of an external Hard Disk Freecom.
A few days afetr the purchase I disconnected it while it was writing and, since that moment, every time I connect and disconnect it, the PC go to freeze mode for 5 minutes.
The same thing happen even if the hard disk is disconnected: every time I start windows it go to freeze a little after the password, and every time I connect and disconnect a usb device.
I have looked for the solution everywhere, updated windows, unistalled and installed the hard disk from the device manager but I solved the problem only when I restored a recent backup.
Yesterday the Hard disk was writing a backup while Vista was installing the updates; at the end of the proceure windows restarted automatically and the problem began again!!!
The Pc go to freeze when it starts, every time I connect or disconnect the hard disk, an usb earphone that has always worked switch on but there is no audio and I don’t know how many others usb devices will have problems.
Has anyone an idea to solve this problem before I throw out of the window Vista or the the hard disk?
Have you tried running a MS’s scan disk on the external. If you unpluged it while still writing you could of corrupted the tables that associate files and directories with sectors and tracks on the disk. Whenever you plug a usb storage device into a plug and play computer, the first thing that happens is the table I spoke of is scanned so that the OS knows what is on it, damage to this table could cause problems with this scan. Additionally you should always use the "Safely remove hardware" icon in your system tray, so that all writing to that device is finished before disconnect.
Some Windows 10 devices may freeze when running certain programs. Microsoft just released its Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and some people who installed it are reporting freezing or hanging after launching Google Chrome. The good news: Microsoft is working on a fix and plans to release it in a May 8 update.