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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.
You have a power issue. The board is not charging the system or the battery. If you know someone with a similar model, ask them if you can borrow their battery and see if your system boots with it. If it does, you may need a new adapter or the power board in the notebook is out. When you remove the battery and try it, there's enough juice to power it up for the moment, but not sustain it.
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
Dude you can still read the drive in Windows. The drive is formatted in Fat16. The partition you are talking about is only to get the USB to recognize the FAT16. Just a boot loader for the device. The problem is the voltage regulator. They are only using a 1 amp that should be a 2 amp. The harddrive has some current draw. When the drive starts flashing it just overloaded the power supply and cant be read by Windows. Simply remove the drive plug it in a IDE interface on the computer and you should be ready to go. You could also replace the voltage regulator with a higher current model, but you must be an expert in soldering SMT......