New USB2 hard drive affecting bootup time

  TATHS 16:41 14 Oct 05

I have just bought a 250GB Freecom USB2 Hard drive and find that the boot up time has markedly increased if I boot with the drive plugged in. Would it be better to boot and then plug in? Its really only for back up and long term storage of scanned material. Im running a 2100MHz Pentium 4 with 2GB memory and two internal drives of 40 and 17 GB. The USB2 connection is via a cheapo 4port hub which is difficult to get to, which is why I left the drive plugged in. Also transferring 16Gb of data from one internal drive to the external drive took 3 hours. Is this a typical transfer rate for such a process, or have I got it set up wrongly?

  Diemmess 16:49 14 Oct 05

Save the wear and tear of unplugging. Use the external disk's power switch to switch on only when you want to use it, which as you say is only occasionally.

  Diemmess 16:52 14 Oct 05

Your second question about transfer time suggests a bottleneck at the 4 port hub which might be only USB1. I assume there is a separate power supply for the HD.

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