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My external harddrive works fine except for one thing, if I put my computer to sleep or restart it, the hard drive will not load automatically and I have to unplug it, and plug it back it, for it to function.

I'm sure there's a simple solution to this, but whenever I search for one in google results are swamped with people who have hard drives which do not boot at all.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

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What operating system are you using? –  Martín Canaval Feb 2 '13 at 0:12
Windows 7 Ultimate, though I recall having the issue on XP as well, prior to formatting. –  user1650757 Feb 2 '13 at 0:14
This sounds like the HDD is one of those "green" drives. Sadly there isn't a great deal you can about this behavior if thats the case. Specific product information might help. –  Ramhound Feb 2 '13 at 1:05
Could be incompatible hardware. Do you have any other USB ports that you can try plugging the HDD into? –  ub3rst4r Feb 2 '13 at 1:22

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