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Maxtor blocks computer from processing - locks up

\015 I've had a Maxtor 3200 200GB for 3 years. I've used this external hard drive on 3 different computers and each one, the hard drive doesn't let the system shut down. I have to unplug the USB or power source for the computer to shut down or restart. I have WIN XP.\015

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Disable maxtor before shutting down the PC to narrow down the problem.
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