Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
MyBook 500GB Home Ed connected to WinXP SP2 box via firewire. When I turn the box on, MyBook won't let Win XP SP2 boot up. I get as far as the "WinXP flag" boot window - but then it hangs. Only works if I plug in the MyBook *after* I get to the WinXP login screen. Not very convenient. Any hints how to solve are appreciated. Thanks.
Try disabling the "1394 Connection" in the "Network Connections". It seemed to work for me.
Posted on Jun 10, 2008
Thanks to Guest above. I was having the issue with USB of my WD drives causing the system to hang upon boot up. Disabling USB Legacy did the trick. It's only my WD externals that were causing me the issue but no mor
Posted on Jun 08, 2008
To allow your computer to boot with MyBook attached, disconnect the MyBook. Boot the machine. Then go into BIOS system setup.
Look for Legacy USB setting and set it DISABLE. Do not use AUTO. Connect MyBook and enjoy!
This works for me after much trial and much error!
Posted on Jan 15, 2011
Followup to my June 17 "same problem" comment above:
Although it got fixed at the time (without rolling back XP or any other drastic solutions), the problem showed up again a few months later and gradually got worse. By November I realized this was due to the drive hardly ever spinning up, and by December it wouldn't do it at all. I suspect the controller or a weak internal power supply, because the rare times when it did come alive, the files on it were fine.
So if you are experiencing this problem, I would consider it early warning of component failure, and either send it for repair or make sure you always have alternative copies of whatever data you keep on it. And if you have backups on there, encrypt them in case you have to send it out. There have been a number of reported cases of refurbished or "scrap" drives being sold with the previous owner's data still on them.
Posted on Jan 29, 2009
I was experiencing the same symptoms with a My Book Home Edition 1Tb drive.
I use XP SP3 and was getting the same boot hang.
Right click on My Network Places and select Properties
If you have a 1394 connection listed, right click on it and select Disable
now reboot with your firewire drive running.
This fixed the problem for me. No bios update, no disabling USB legacy Support, or USB boot option, or anything else (these are turned ON in my bios currently)
Posted on Jan 05, 2009
I uninstalled the drive, rolled back xp to pre install. Updated my bios (ASUS m2npv-vm motherboard). reconnected using firewire again and now it works ok. On the 1st install I changed the drive mapping as soon as I had connected. this time I left it, rebooted and once it was working then I changed the drive mapping. Now it works fine.
Posted on Mar 06, 2008
Remove the support for USB legacy, that will do the trick, at least for USB connection. I don't know about FW, if someone knows please tell, because FireWire is much faster...
Posted on Mar 06, 2008
I had a similar problem that I think I've sorted now. I'd bought a new disk (MyBook 750GB) and copied all my documents from an existing external drive to the new one. I removed the old disk and used Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management to assign the old drive's letter (G:) to the new one. After that, when I booted the computer it would hang indefinitely at the xp logo. I solved the problem by plugging the old drive back in and using disk management to give it a new letter (P:).
As far as I know, once you've got to the xp logo, you're already booting off your main drive so editing the bios won't help if that's where you're hanging.
Posted on Mar 01, 2008
Make sure that you don't have this disk listed in your system BIOS Boot Sequence. Remove it if it is listed, some drives still want to act as boot drives even if not listed.
Posted on Jan 25, 2008
Tips for a great answer:
Press either delete or f2 during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
hope this helps
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