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This is a very interesting behavior on your system and I will notify the corresponding department.
In the meantime there are some troubleshooting steps I would like to try or to know if have been done.
- Can you try any other USB 3.0 device to confirm if issue persists?
- Have you tried updating the External HDD firmware?
- Can you install the latest Microsoft* updates in order to install the USB 3.0 drivers?
I should have said I'm running fedora 18 linux, not windows, but I do have all the fedora updates, so should have the latest usb 3.0 linux drivers.
I'll check and see if there is any new firmware for the disk itself available.
Unfortunately, it is the only USB 3.0 device I have, so I can't test anything else.
I've found a windows box, updated the firmware on the external drive, and have just finished rebooting a couple of times while the drive was mounted, and fedora correctly discovered the drive after each reboot, so I guess whatever bug this was, the new firmware fixed it. Thanks for the idea, I might never have thought to look for new drive firmware otherwise.