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Thank you for such a detailed explanation. Could you tell us about your computer, please? Just the type, (Laptop, Desktop) make, and model.

(a)Please have a look at your drives in 'Device Manager'
Start > Right click 'Computer' > 'Manage' > 'Device Manager' > Click on the plus next to 'Disk drives' - What who you see there? How many drives?

If you see a reference to your eSATA drive even though it's not connected, don't do anything more, just drop back in here and tell us what you see.

If you see the disk drives you know are currently installed, and there are no alert symbols anywhere then close that window and continue with the following test.

Now attach your eSATA drive and go through the above process (a) again, please. Same questions, what do you see there, how many drives?

If you see your usual hard disk(s), and now your eSATA drive, then do the following, please...

(b) Right click the eSATA drive you see there > 'Properties' > 'Policies' tab > If you see the circular options, (they're called radio buttons) click on 'Quick Removal' - if it was already set as this, which I suspect it will be, please tell us. If not, just tell us what you see.

A great feature of Windows 7 is that sometimes it just sorts itself out. If none of the above helps, then borrow a drive (a drive different to the are you used earlier) that will connect to your eSATA port. While it's connected, just do point (b) again for the sake of making sure it will accept your directly disconnecting. Close any windows that display the contents of the eSATA drive, and then disconnect it.

If none of this makes any difference, there is something else we can try. Thank you foryour patience and perseverance here. :)


Desktop, custom build. W7 Prof, i7 920, 12 GB DDR3, ext (you can find the detail on my page).

Also the eSata was awhile ago, and after I rebooted it took care of the problem. I haven't used it since as I have no need to. And just like I thought it's showing only my internal Seagate on my Device Manager.

Again the eSata was weeks ago and when I unplugged it and reset there doesn't seem to be any signs of it. Also you mentioned the quick removal option (I have looked into that quick removal and by default I think all my drives are set to that ... I would have to hook the eSata back up, but to be honest I don't think it was treated completely as a removable drive and why I just disconnected it).

I am more concerned about all the following incidents.

WHOOPS, I think there was some confusion. All the following incidents didn't happen on my eSata, but my primary internal

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I have 2 issues (actually about 5) with windows explorer (WE) similar to urs and I have not found a solution.

  1. when moving/deleting files/folders the reference to the object remains in the list. WE doesn't automatically do a refresh, I must hit F5. I don't know if this is related to ur eSATA issue.

  2. When attempting to move/delete some files, or folders containing those files, I also get the msg that they can't be deleted because they r "open". If I close WE then reopen it I can usually delete the file. If it is a folder that won't delete because of a file open in it, sometimes I can delete the file from the folder, then delete the folder. Sometime I have to reboot.

The above r random, and clearly have to do with WE. It has occured on a clean installed OS. As with the other 3 issues MS doesn't seem to care or believes they r "design intent".


Sorry I forgot about this, but the issue just seemed to go away. I think it's Win 7 not updating itself (or more specificlly the GUI)

I recently did a format (cleaning out the drive), and I was having issues where my desktop wasn't showing the icon of say a downloaded object, I simply hit the F5 key and it appeared. So my best guess it it's a small bug in the Windows architecture that's not updating or something. Because after I posted this I really didn't see a problem (that I can recall), as if it just went away

(However after the format, where all partitions were removed, I swear I saw it in a folder happen once ... why I think it's the OS)

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