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  • 6 years later...

I have the same problem with my WD MyBook, 500GB, USB 2/Firewire/eSata; when I use the eSata connector. The problem seems to occur when the backup is verifying the files. I believe the issue is with the WD drive firmware as I read a post on another site where MS Backup did the same thing. I also tried changing the HD sleep interval in the Power Profile of Windows with no success. I am now trying a utility called KeepAliveHD that writes a small file to the HD periodically. It seems to be working. A nice feature is the utility can do this for multiple HDs.

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