Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
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.
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.
Posted on Dec 15, 2008
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A USB hard drive is a portable external storage device that works just like a conventional hard drive.
The device is simply plugged into a USB port on your computer as you would connect a flash drive.
Unlike a flash drive, however, a USB hard drive can store a much larger amount of data.
If your computer will not recognize your USB hard drive, you can try troubleshooting steps to resolve the problem.
Plug one end of the USB cable into the port on your hard drive and plug the other end into the USB port of your computer. Ensure that both ends of the cable are connected securely.
Open "My Computer" (Windows XP) or "Computer" (Windows Vista/7).
The USB device should be listed as "removable disk" once it is plugged into the computer.
If it is not listed among the available drives on your computer, proceed to the next step.
Ensure that the data cable is working properly.
Try another USB cable if you have one available.
Disconnect all other USB devices from the computer as they may interfere with the operating system detecting the external hard drive.
Reboot the computer if the USB hard drive is still not recognized.
Plug the USB cable into another USB port and check to see if the device is detected.
If you are using a USB hub, remove the device and plug the external hard drive directly into a USB port.
If the computer still fails to recognize the device, the external hard drive itself may be experiencing a hardware problem.
Check the status of the hard drive in the "Device Manager" window. Under Windows XP, right click "My Computer" and select "Device Manager."
For Windows Vista and Windows 7, click the "Windows" button in the lower left corner of the screen, then type "Computer Management" in the search bar and press "Enter."
Select "Device Manager" in the "Computer Management" window. In the Device Manager window, click the "+" sign that appears beside "Disk Drives."
If the external drive is not listed, click "Other Devices" in the Device Manager window and see if an "Unknown Device" appears.
The external hard drive may have been detected but the device is not working properly.
If it is still under warranty, take the device to the computer store where it was purchased to have it repaired or replaced.
Hope this helps
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