Wireless internet cuts out on USB hard drive eject

  Richardflea 22:00 22 Feb 2010


I have a Western Digital external HD.
I use FireWire to connect it to my MacBook and USB when I want to connect it to my PC.
But, I find that when I eject my USB connection in Windows XP and unplug the hard drive, my BT Home Hub wireless internet cuts out and stops working.
The PC cannot then connect back onto to the hub without having to restarting both the hub and PC.

It's really annoying and sometimes it seems to take more than one restart to get then connected to each other again!

Any ideas or similar experiences?


  peter99co 18:53 23 Feb 2010

Are you "ejecting" using Safe Remove?

  Richardflea 20:49 23 Feb 2010

Yes. I'm using the Safely Remove Hardware in the tray and selecting my Hard Drive (the only thing there is to eject)

  Richardflea 17:20 02 Mar 2010


  peter99co 21:36 02 Mar 2010

It may be better to remove after you have shut down. I have a Western USB drive and it is powered by the usb.

I wonder if yours is "spiking" the power supply?

Is it too, usb powered or mains?

  Richardflea 21:39 02 Mar 2010

It is a mains powered Hard Drive.

The PC, Hard Drive and Wireless internet are all coming from different sockets in the house if that makes a difference.

  peter99co 22:21 02 Mar 2010

I wonder if removal causes some effect to the power recd by the Home Hub. Bit of a long shot.

I used to leave items connected until I shutdown and then switch off.

I can hear a spark jump when I disconnect the Mains plug from the Laptop 19 volt adaptor.

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