Connected a Buffalo 1.0 TB external usb2.0 drive today every time I reboot the system (XP) hangs no start up screen. I remove the usb from the new drive and hey presto off we go normal service is resumed.Maybe losing the broadband connection is connected to the drive as well. All Ideas welcome.
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If it behaves like this for multiple computers with multiple operating systems, I would think that the problem is with the hard drive or with how the files were stored. I would recommend trying a free recovery utility: http://www.piriform.com/recuva
If this does not work, there are professionals who can do this service for you however it is generally expensive. As a last ditch effort, boot your computer from a free Ubuntu CD (http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download) and see if it recognizes your files.
If the Buffalo had been formatted on a MAC their file format is HPFS and is not compatible with Windows. To be able to exchange data between the Mac and Windows the Buffalo external drive needs to be formatted on Windows XP in FAT 32 (not NTFS). Then the Mac can read and write data on this external drive as well as Windows XP.
Its probably trying to boot from your external drive.
Go into your bios and reset your boot setting to HDD0 as your first boot device, Disk drive 0 second and floppy third, unless you want to boot from an external drive. That being the case select an appropriate order.
If the bios shows your external HDD as HDD0, then you have to work out which is the drive carrying the operating system and set that to your first boot device.
To get into the bios, watch the boot screen for a key to hit to enter setup, normally its the "DEL" key.
go into your 'update settings'. there is a section of where it asks you about how you want your settings set and where to send updates to. You may find the problem here. Check all the 'advanced' settings as well. If your Western digital is plugged in via USB and not requiring updates, unplug it while starting your system, after complete start up, reinsert the USB plug. It may show new devise found, then from here, you may be asked to reinstall it to stop the rebooting.