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Everytime I start Reader, my backup hard drive starts

Jan 27, 2012 9:33 AM

I have a usb external hard drive that has nothing but backup data on it, no sytem files or installed programs or program data.  I try not to use it no more that I have to, it spins up when accessed and I think to myself, thats one less time it will work.


So when I click on a PDF on my main drive, the backup drive spins up.  This is not only irritating because it is unnecessary wear on the drive, but also it takes several seconds to come up.


What is on my usb drive that Reader wants?  I can't tolerate this behavior.



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    Jan 31, 2012 6:49 AM   in reply to fleabay

    Could you please let me know the following:


    1. Do any of the following registry entries point to your external drive?

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders (Check the values of the keys: AppData, Local AppData, Local Settings etc)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders (Check the values of the keys: AppData, Local AppData, Local Settings etc)


    2. Do you observe the same behavior with other applications such as Word, Excel etc as well?

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    May 2, 2012 4:23 AM   in reply to fleabay

    I have exactly the same problem. I have several external hard drives, and one is "asleep" most of the time. Adobe Reader unnecessarily spins it up every time it's opened - it appears to go "walkabout" around all the drives on my system. This also happens with Google Chrome sometimes.

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