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#1 d3adappr3nt1c3


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 01:56 PM

when the windows splash screen comes up, it takes forever when i have my external drive plugged in, im assuming windows is logging it. is it possible to disable the drive until i login? if so how?


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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:07 PM

Hello and Welcome,

Look at changing your boot order in BIOS so that your optical drive is first, HDD second, and USB HDD third. It's possible you have USB set to boot before your HDD and that is why Windows is taking a long time to load.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:31 PM

 In addition to the good advice you got from JohnC_21, you can always boot from your hard drive with external drives unplugged or powered off, then connect them after booting.  Once I had a cheap USB hub that would cause Windows to take forever to boot.  I finally got rid of it, but I doubt if you want to get rid of an external hard drive if you don't have to.  :unsure:


Good luck.

Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 03:33 PM

What you encounter...is one of the reasons why it's important to have an external drive with an ON/OFF switch.  An external drive that is always on tends to interfere with the boot process on some systems.  If the drive is switched off at boot, there's no problem with Windows recognizing attached hardware during it's inventory.



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