I am having an issue, when it comes to booting my PC, while the external HDD, is plugged in. The tower, is running Windows 7 Home Premium X86. The external drive, is a Western Digital 3TB My Book Studio. If the external drive is plugged in, the PC will not boot at all, and I am not able to access the BIOS settings.
Here is what I have tried, before deciding to post. I am not sure if some of these would have made a difference.
- Changed the Boot Sequence, and made sure that the internal drive (C:) was at the top.
- In the system BIOS, changed plug and play OS, to NO
- Enabled USB Legacy Support (also tried with support disabled)
- Converted the external drive, from MBR to GPT (Was not able to boot from either)
- Formatted the external drive (Before and after setting new partitions)
- Installed the Western Digital My Book SE5 Driver, X86 (Restarted the PC, after the driver was installed)
- Created a single partition on the drive. (Erased the two previous partitions, including the MBR)
- Tried alternative USB ports, and cables
The drive is recognized in windows Explorer, and I do not have any problems with it, if I plug the drive in after the PC has booted up. If anyone can please suggest some ways, of solving this issue, I would greatly appreciate it. I do not know what else to try. Thank you very much, for your time.
Link to the WD driver, that was downloaded-
Western Digital External Storage Product Specs-
Windows Disk Manager, showing the external drive, after partitioning, and formatting-(attachment)
Edited by beachfeet, 18 August 2015 - 10:53 PM.