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I recently bought a WD My Book Essential 2TB hard drive. I've been able to get it to work with my Compaq Presario running XP on three occasions. However, now when I start the computer, when the WD comes on, it causes my computer to re-boot again and again. On one occasion when I had it running, I downloaded the PDF Manual. The last troubleshooting question is about a computer not booting. Their solution says that the computer may attempt to boot from the WD hard drive, and it says to refer to my system's motherboard BIOS setting documentation to disable this feature. I got into the BIOS and it says that my computer checks the internal hard drive and then the DVD player, nothing about the computer checking any USB ports. I couldn't figure it out.

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