Auto Play Options

Posted: 01-20-2009, 10:25 PM
This question is about the Auto Play feature in WinXP as it pertains to an
external USB hard drive.

When I connect my external hard drive to my PC the Auto Start feature
kicks in. It scans through the entire external drive file by file to
determine what types of files are there (pictures, video, music, mixed,
etc.) Once it has finished a screen pops up and asks me what action I'd
like to take depending on the types of files that were found. (All of
this is normal behavior.)

My question is: Is there anything I can do so that when I connect my
external drive to my PC the Auto Play feature kicks in but it does NOT
scan through the entire drive file by file, it just takes a specific
action (that I will pre define) regardless of what types of files are on
the drive?

In other words, I don't want Auto Play to waste time figuring out what
types of files are on the drive. I just want it to take a specific action
whenever I plug in the external drive.

Is there any way to get WinXP do that?

Peter
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Elmo
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Re: Auto Play Options
Posted: 01-21-2009, 02:00 AM
Peter wrote:
> This question is about the Auto Play feature in WinXP as it pertains to an
> external USB hard drive.
>
> When I connect my external hard drive to my PC the Auto Start feature
> kicks in. It scans through the entire external drive file by file to
> determine what types of files are there (pictures, video, music, mixed,
> etc.) Once it has finished a screen pops up and asks me what action I'd
> like to take depending on the types of files that were found. (All of
> this is normal behavior.)
>
> My question is: Is there anything I can do so that when I connect my
> external drive to my PC the Auto Play feature kicks in but it does NOT
> scan through the entire drive file by file, it just takes a specific
> action (that I will pre define) regardless of what types of files are on
> the drive?
>
> In other words, I don't want Auto Play to waste time figuring out what
> types of files are on the drive. I just want it to take a specific action
> whenever I plug in the external drive.
>
> Is there any way to get WinXP do that?
Open "My Computer", right-click the device, click Properties, click the
"AutoPlay" tab, and look through the options available. If you select
"Do Nothing", I would think that would prevent the scanning of the files.

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Re: Auto Play Options
Posted: 01-21-2009, 03:09 AM
On Tue, 20 Jan 2009 21:00:49 -0500, Elmo <elmogeek@iglou.invalid> wrote:
>Peter wrote:
>> This question is about the Auto Play feature in WinXP as it pertains to an
>> external USB hard drive.
>>
>> When I connect my external hard drive to my PC the Auto Start feature
>> kicks in. It scans through the entire external drive file by file to
>> determine what types of files are there (pictures, video, music, mixed,
>> etc.) Once it has finished a screen pops up and asks me what action I'd
>> like to take depending on the types of files that were found. (All of
>> this is normal behavior.)
>>
>> My question is: Is there anything I can do so that when I connect my
>> external drive to my PC the Auto Play feature kicks in but it does NOT
>> scan through the entire drive file by file, it just takes a specific
>> action (that I will pre define) regardless of what types of files are on
>> the drive?
>>
>> In other words, I don't want Auto Play to waste time figuring out what
>> types of files are on the drive. I just want it to take a specific action
>> whenever I plug in the external drive.
>>
>> Is there any way to get WinXP do that?
>
>Open "My Computer", right-click the device, click Properties, click the
>"AutoPlay" tab, and look through the options available. If you select
>"Do Nothing", I would think that would prevent the scanning of the files.
Yes, if you check "Do Nothing" it does prevent the scanning of the files
but it also prevents any other task from happening.

What I am looking for is a way to say - whenever I plug in my external
drive just perform this task - pay no attention to what's on the drive. I
can not find an option to do that nor can I figure out how to specify that
in a custom Auto Play handler (which I can write using TweakUI). But, I'm
hoping there is a way to do it.

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Re: Auto Play Options
Posted: 01-21-2009, 05:33 PM
Peter <XXpmpmpmXX@comcast.net> wrote in
news:hpjcn4lc3l4digovsnmgfbkgtu93rqaroe@4ax.com:
> This question is about the Auto Play feature in WinXP as it pertains
> to an external USB hard drive.
>
> When I connect my external hard drive to my PC the Auto Start feature
> kicks in. It scans through the entire external drive file by file to
> determine what types of files are there (pictures, video, music,
> mixed, etc.) Once it has finished a screen pops up and asks me what
> action I'd like to take depending on the types of files that were
> found. (All of this is normal behavior.)
>
> My question is: Is there anything I can do so that when I connect my
> external drive to my PC the Auto Play feature kicks in but it does NOT
> scan through the entire drive file by file, it just takes a specific
> action (that I will pre define) regardless of what types of files are
> on the drive?
>
> In other words, I don't want Auto Play to waste time figuring out what
> types of files are on the drive. I just want it to take a specific
> action whenever I plug in the external drive.
>
> Is there any way to get WinXP do that?
>
> Peter
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Might take a peek at TweakUI.





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MowGreen [MVP]
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Re: Auto Play Options
Posted: 01-21-2009, 10:56 PM
Connect the external USB HD.
Open My Computer
Right click the external USB HD, choose Properties.
Click the AutoPlay tab and set the action you desire for all of the
choices listed.

Explorer will still scan the drive but will automatically perfom the
action you want it to do once it's finished.


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Peter wrote:
> This question is about the Auto Play feature in WinXP as it pertains to an
> external USB hard drive.
>
> When I connect my external hard drive to my PC the Auto Start feature
> kicks in. It scans through the entire external drive file by file to
> determine what types of files are there (pictures, video, music, mixed,
> etc.) Once it has finished a screen pops up and asks me what action I'd
> like to take depending on the types of files that were found. (All of
> this is normal behavior.)
>
> My question is: Is there anything I can do so that when I connect my
> external drive to my PC the Auto Play feature kicks in but it does NOT
> scan through the entire drive file by file, it just takes a specific
> action (that I will pre define) regardless of what types of files are on
> the drive?
>
> In other words, I don't want Auto Play to waste time figuring out what
> types of files are on the drive. I just want it to take a specific action
> whenever I plug in the external drive.
>
> Is there any way to get WinXP do that?
>
> Peter
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