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I purchased a Maxtor 3200 external (USB) drive. If I connect it before I boot up, my PC will not boot up. If I connect it after I boot up, Windows XP does not recognise it is there and will freeze after a while. Any solution, please ?

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    TERRI RODDEN May 11, 2010

    Are you using xp pro or xp home? Is this the only usb device connected to your pc? There are several things that could cause this so lets narrow it down a little. Is your boot up very slow with the drive connected or does it never boot? Are you using usb 1.1 or usb 2.0 ?

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Hi,

First, you need to disable the boot from USB devices option from the BIOS. You can find it in the Main Menu, Advanced Menu or in the Boot Menu according to the type of BIOS you are using.

Ensure that you are connecting the device to the rear USB ports of the PC.

After that, please go to Disk Management.

Cick Start>Run and type in the folowing command to open the Disk Management Window.

DISKMGMT.MSC

Check if it is detected there.

If so right click on and select Create Partition.

After partioning it, you can format it.

Hope this helps!

Pat

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

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