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Booting Problems When Western Dig. USB Hard drive is Connected

I just purchased a Western Digital External Hard Drive and it seems to be working well so far (fingers crossed) with one exception. I have to unplug it each time I reboot. Otherwise, my bootup screen hangs and I have to do a manual shutdown, unplug the USB, and then reboot.

Any suggestions on how to resolve this problem.

Thanks in advance for any tips I could try.

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  • RonRoo Feb 06, 2009

    I reposted this question since I realized I too late that I placed it under the wrong category. The category applied to people having trouble with the Acer laptop. I don't have Acer. Instead I've reposted my question athttp://www.fixya.com/PostQuestionTx.aspx...

    Many many thanks if you still can offer help. By the way it does not hang on shutdown only on boot up.

  • RonRoo Feb 06, 2009

    I've tried that and it STILL doesn't work. I think Western Dig. is having a serious problem and I'm considering returning it and getting another brand. I contacted Western and they told me Microsoft was working on a fix; I then contacted Microsoft, and they said Western should be working on a fix! I doubt there's a solution out there but thank you very much for trying to help.

  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    Does you system hang on shutdown when the drive is not hooked up to the laptop?


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Your laptop will be set to "boot from USB first" in the BIOS. Go into the BIOS (F2, F10 or DEL key as stated on startup) and look for the boot order options.
Change it to boot from the internal hard disk first and all will be sorted.

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