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When I restart my computer (vista) it does not reboot with my external hard drives plugged in.

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Most likely your BIOS is set to search for bootable external drives/devices. This causes the computer to pause indefinitely.

To fix this, you will need to change your BIOS boot settings.

It is simple enough and danger free so long as you make sure you keep your harddrive as a bootable device.

To fix:
1> Enter the BIOS by restarting the computer and waiting for a display to show up before windows starts - it will either be a graphical display or text, but should say "press F8" to enter BIOS. I use F8 merely as an example, as that is what mine uses - it can be different for you.
1.1>If you cannot see it quickly enough, simply press the "Pause" button on the keyboard - this will cause the boot process to stop until you press another key, and will allow you to see which key is required to be pressed to enter the BIOS.
2> Since I do not know what BIOS or motherboard you are using, I cannot give exact names for what you will need to navigate to in order to find the settings, but in general it will be BIOS Features, Advanced BIOS features, etc.
2.1*> In Award BIOS it will be under Advanced BIOS Features.
2.2*> Whatever category they fall under, they will be named something like "First boot device" "Second boot device" "Third boot device" etc, and possibly "Boot Other Device" or "LAN BOOT" etc.
2.3> Once you have found these settings, DO NOT change the setting which has a value of "Hard drive" or "HDD." If it has settings named "Boot from USB" "Boot Other Device" or something along the lines of "Third boot device: USB" then you should disable those. Anything relating to Boot and which are not CD/DVD or HDD/hard disk should be set to "Disabled" or "None."
2.4*> These changes can be reversed any time, and any mistakes with the booting priority can be fixed by simply reversing the settings (the BIOS will probably allow you to set everything to Default and that ought to fix it if anything is messed uo as well.)
3> Hit Esc to get out of the category and navigate over to "Save and Exit Setup." This will save the changes and restart the computer.
4> Your problem should be fixed, and USB devices plugged in during reboot should not effect the boot process. However, if the problem continues, please reply that it did not work and I will move on to the next possibility.
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Posted on Dec 15, 2008

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    Dshack Dec 16, 2008

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