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Seagate Free Agent Drive causing boot up problems

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ManAtWork, May 24, 2007.

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  1. ManAtWork

    ManAtWork Thread Starter

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    Bought me a 320 GB Free Agent external drive by Seagate. Plugged it in to USB 2.0 port; works flawlessly. Problem is, when I shut down and reboot the computer, it seems to interrupt the boot up process, causing a black screen, and stopping the boot process right there. I made sure that it wasn't included in the boot devices in the BIOS, and this boot up problem happens only about 50% of the time. If I unplug the drive, it'll boot up fine almost 100% of the time. Any idea what could be happening here? I'm running XP home, with 1.5 G of memory, and two internal 80 GB HD's. I tried plugging this drive directly into the tower, and into a hub - same problem either way. (Actually seemed to occur more frequently when plugged directly into the tower.)

    The site's tech support pages have no drivers to update (plug and play), and doesn't tackle this problem.
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    This is probably a BIOS issue. I have two systems here, (the two newest), that have the same issue. When I boot with a USB device attached, the BIOS gets confused about what device to boot, and there's nothing in the BIOS setup that will make it right.

    Do what my doctor prescribes for issues like this: "If it hurts when you do that, don't do that". :D
     
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