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Computer stalls during startup

I have a Free Agent go 250gb attached to my Dell running XP. If I have it plugged into my USB hub during startup the computer stalls at the welcome screen. If I unplug the external drive the computer will restart normally. Then I can plug in the external drive and it works fine. This problem started after about 2 weeks of it working normally.

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How Old is your computer (depending on age, it may not have USB 2.0) that is what you may need to have a external HD now a days

or is it the drivers?

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