IDE Hard Drive in External Enclosure (USB 2.0) not recognized by Windows 7 at computer startup, but recognized if it is rebooted after Windows 7 is done loading.

Hi, I have a Western Digital 500gb PATA (IDE) hard drive in an enclosure.  I leave the enclosure on at all times since it has a cooling fan.  However, if for whatever reason I need to reboot my system, Windows 7 never recognizes this drive unless I turn off and on my enclosure.  Once I reboot my enclosure, Windows 7 recognizes the drive and tries to Autoplay.. I would like W7 to recognize my drive at startup so that I dont have to reboot my enclosure every time I reboot my computer.  What can I do to fix this? 
 
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Last updated August 9, 2018 Views 3,801 Applies to:
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it turned out unfortunately that the HD had a problem, it did not have to do anything with Windows 7...

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