Assuming that XP works in the same way then the way to do this is as follows: Start a Dos box (i.e. Command Prompt) Type chkntfs /x d: (where d: represents the drive you wish to stop the check of) Press enter type exit to close dos box.
To return to the default state where all drives are checked repeat the procedure but in this case type chkntfs /d (this returns everything to the default state) MS Knowledge base article 160963
stylehurst.....Thanks for that. However, when I proceed, and whichever way I try, I get the following message......"CHKNTFS is not recognised as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file"
Have a look at the Knowledge base article, its a long time since I used the chkntfs command, also I use W2k or XP pro Just had a look at Help on XP pro it is definitely on that OS. Try putting chkntfs into search box in help on XP Home
Sounds like a Bios boot order situation.Are you familiar with working in the bios? You could try in Control Panel->System->Device Manager->find the external drive and uninstall it. Click the Action tab and then Scan for any hardware changes.It will reinstall it back.
Stylehurst...eqskey....Thanks for that. However, despite my comments in an earlier posting [19.52 Monday] something has materialised out of the poking about with the command prompt. For the last four bootups the problem seems to have vanished, i.e. its a normal boot up with no checking of the external drive!!!!. So far!!. Will post if it changes. AB68
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