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My computer will not boot up if my WD500 is connected.

If i disconnect the WD500 it will boot up just fine, i can then connect the WD and it works fine.

OS: Windows XP

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You will have to go your BIOS settings. What its doing is the BIOS is looking for a removable storage to booot to before it looks for your actual hard drive. You will have to change the order of boot checking to where your hard drive is first. 
Reboot your computer without the drive connected.
While still on the black screen that looks like DOS, it should come up and say press F2 (or some other key) to get to SETUP.
Press the key rapidly until the screen comes up. 
If it dosnt come up then you were to late and then reboot your system and start pressing it repetadly agian right when it turns on.
Navigate in your BIOS menu to find BOOT OPTIONS.
Once there rearange the list to where IDE or HARD DRIVE 1 is first on the list.
Press the exit button and make sure to save chages not discard them. 
Then try connecting it and turning on.

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