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PC will not boot with external drive connected.


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#1 Jem47

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:21 PM

This is my first post.

Have recently bought a Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive 500GB for use as backup.

Can successfully use if connection is made after Boot. However when pre-connected the PC stalls on Boot. Have checked BIOS for order of devices used for booting and is set to Internal Hard Drive followed by CD-ROM then Floppy.

I have a FIC P4M-800M motherboard.

Can anyone help?

Thanks

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 08:44 PM

Is the USB drive powered off...when booting?

Having some USB devices/flash drives attached while booting...tends to throw Windows off when it does it's preliminary inventory of equipment, IMO. Since the devices are not bootable...the boot process halts.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 01:10 PM

When powered off with USB connected - No problem. Only when powered on does the Boot process halt. Is there a fix for this?

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 08:16 PM

Fix?

I interpret it as...just the way Windows works, unless one can somehow change the way it inventories connected devices before boot.

Maybe changing the BIOS settings for USB devices, but I wouldn't count on that.

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Posted 18 February 2010 - 01:42 PM

Unfortunately I cannot find any settings in the BIOS relating to USB devices. I had read somewhere that "USB Legacy Device" settings may cure the problem but have not found in BIOS.
It appears that I will have to power up External Hard Drive after Boot. It is not a major issue as I do not need to connect all the time. But sometimes it is nice to know whether it can be fixed.




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