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I've been trying to copy a large folder containing hundreds of music files to my external hard drive, which is actually a regular SATA hard-drive inside an enclosure, attached to my laptop via USB.

I've attempted this several times, but whenever I do, somewhere along the line I'll get a blue screen of death and the system will dump memory contents to the hard drive before doing a complete restart.

The enclosure is brand-new, so I assume it wouldn't be the problem.

So that leaves the hard drive, but the hard drive itself is relatively new as well (well, 1 year old, but hasn't been used much.)

So does this mean the hard drive is completely cactus?

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Can you try a different hard drive (that you know works) in the enclosure, to first of all rule out the enclosure as a problem? – Ash Oct 6 '10 at 1:43
Have you tried copying only a portion of the files at a time? Does it always BSOD on the same file? – MBraedley Oct 6 '10 at 2:38
What OS are you running? This is usually indicative of a USB driver issue. I've seen it on 64-bit Windows. – user3463 Oct 6 '10 at 3:30
@Randolph, Yeah I'm running 64-bit Windows 7. – jonathanconway Oct 6 '10 at 4:32
up vote 3 down vote accepted

As you're running a 64-bit version of Windows, I can say from experience that your issue is the USB controller's drivers.

Have a look at finding the right drivers on the motherboard manufacturer's website.

The good news is, your drives are probably both fine.

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Thanks for the tip! I'll give it a try. – jonathanconway Oct 6 '10 at 4:38
Best of luck. I had a server that worked fine until I reinstalled. I forgot which drivers I used, and the USB drive has blue-screened every time since. I eventually moved it to a 32-bit machine and backed up over gigabit ethernet. – user3463 Oct 6 '10 at 4:39

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