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Window of hard drive appears on boot and start

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8,1 64bit

    Window of hard drive appears on boot and start


    Had, and still have installed in machine, an SSD with Windows 7 as OS
    Had, and still have, a Western Digital 2 TB external HD attached. It was used as back up for the original set up. This also has the Smart Ware software installed but which I have not used.

    Tried a dual boot on a new SSD using Windows 8.1 recently but turned out ot be a pain so I simply installed 8.1 on new disk.

    The problem-

    When I boot and Windows 8.1 starts, window showing the external hard drive and contents appears. Annoying. How can I stop this?

    I am planning to reformat this external storage and redo the back up using the new 8.1 OS and current content of the my other HDD containing our data, will this likely stop the "pop-up" on start?


    Thank you for any assistance or ideas.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Hello and welcome to Eightforums ,if I understand you issue correctly ,I think if you go to control panel/auto play /removable drives and check of take no action it might get rid of it .good luck
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8,1 64bit


    Thank you for that simple solution. It appears to have solved the issue. Like I mentioned I am going to reformat the drive and begin again the back up and that may have taken care of the problem but for now.............Tanx a lot!!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    your welcome ,good luck
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Window of hard drive appears on boot and start
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