Windows 7 Wants to Format External Drive When Local Printer is Used
Posted on 2011-10-18
OK, this is a wacky one. I have a client with a Lenovo ThinkPad running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. Attached to this machine via USB cables, he has an Epson Stylus C88+ printer and a Lacie external hard drive (F: drive). His Lacie drive is NTFS, is about 2/3 full and works fine.
The problem is, whenever he prints to the Epson, he gets a message saying, "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?" The print job is successful, despite the error message. However, in the System log, for each print job, there will be around 50 Disk warnings reading "An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk1\DR18 during a paging operation," as well as a few NTFS warnings reading "The default transaction resource manager on volume F: encountered a non-retryable error and could not start. The data contains the error code," and even a couple volsnap errors reading "The shadow copies of volume F: were aborted during detection because a critical control file could not be opened."
The last two errors really have me scratching my head. There is no backup software running on this laptop (that I can find), and there is no paging file on the Lacie drive. A while back, I formatted the Lacie drive to NTFS, and I've also uninstalled the printer and reinstalled it while the Lacie drive wasn't attached. Neither action helped. When the Lacie is not attached, there are no errors.
Any help will be appreciated.