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When I plug in my WD MYBOOK ESSENTIAL 1 T Drive the XP machine will not boot. It locks up during boot but if the WD drive is unplugged the boot process continues. After booting plugging the WD Drive back in and it works fine?

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Hello,

This is normal, simply because when your system is performing the boot sequence when it is first powered up, it checks all the possible drives that has an operating system on it according to the way it is configured to start checking it from the BIOS.

So possibly the default selected place for it to check first is the external drive, and since there is no operating system on it, it gets locked up and it might show NTLDR Missing...or Disk Error.

What you can do to stop that is :
When your system is booting go to setup, and depending on your BIOS type, try to locate where the boot sequence starts checking for Operating System from, if it is removable drives, then just change it to Hard Drive. Then save and restart.

Hope this helps you out.
Goodluck

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

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