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My computer won't recognize USB hard drive, or boot while it is connected, any ideas?

Ok, so I'm running a very old eMachine desktop, Windows XP updated until the last available update. I have a 2GB powered, USB external hard drive. I have been using this hard drive with this computer for over a year with no issues. Because I have had no issues in the past and I've had it so long, along with the fact that the last XP update was quite a while ago, I don't believe any of my system info is really relevant in this situation... So here's what's going on.

It has worked fine, with no issues up until last night when I suddenly started having troubles When I turned the computer on after getting home from work. I turn on my computer it will boot up until the loading personal preferences screen just before the actual windows login. and it just sits on this screen i've let it sit for as long as 20 minutes before unplugging the USB drive and poof it boots almost instantly with no hesitation. I wait until it is completely booted and plug it back in, I hear the USB device connection tone but nothing happens, except that windows seems to slow down considerably even freezing up on some occasions, but as soon as I unplug it again, everything goes back to normal. Tonight I tried again with no luck, so I tried using it on my laptop, the laptop loaded just fine and opened the hard drive with no problem. I plugged it back into my desktop and after about 10 minutes it finally recognized the drive and started working normally....


oh yeah almost forgot, I have tried using different USB ports on the desktop with the same results.

The question is, does this sound like the impending death of the USB function on my computer, I know I'm way overdue for a new one but I have made so many upgrades, modifications , and creative repairs on this thing that its almost like a pet, plus I dont have the time to build a decent custom system, and I'm not really interested in a prefab with Windows 8...

So easy fix, or time for a new computer ?

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The next time you get it up and running try doing a disk cleanup and a defrag and also do a disck check on the drive.go into mycomputer..then right click on the drive you want todo a disk check.might work after the check..

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Since the USB drive worked without issues using your laptop, I would suggest that you try to disable unnecessary services and start-up items in your desktop thru msconfig. Disable USB booting from BIOS may help as well. Re-install USB controllers of Windows XP by following the guide from this link "https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/310575/ ." Just make sure you got the drivers CD for your PC before you do that. You may also try system restore back to a point when it was working fine.

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Sounds like a driver issue to me. You did not indicate whether you had tried other USB sticks to see if the computer was then problem free.

If your system restore function works, roll the computer back to when it was working properly. And avoid reinstalling any recently installed program that may have gone awry. (Or you might try RevoUnistaller, remove any recently installed software with it, then rebooting. Then avoid using a lot of registry clearners and defraggers! If you can get the external drive recognized, do not follow that by using a cleaner! It likely will reintroduce the problem.

The dreaded "restore to factory defaults" fix of the computer might well fix the problem (but that would give you the headache of getting windows updates put on an unsupported operating system and then restoring all since installed software).

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You can make the USB drive bootable then select it in BIOS.

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Since the same thing is happening with all the usb ports, it probably has nothing to do with the usb function itself. Have you installed anything new within the last few days? Even if you haven't go to "uninstall a program" in your start menu and see if there is anything new listed in your programs. If there is something there you didn't install, uninstall it, it may be malicious. If that does not work, try running a system restore to a date before the problem started.

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