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XP wont start up. Doesnt detect my ext HDD either to boot my backup :( need help guys

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kel2, Nov 20, 2011.

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  1. kel2

    kel2 Thread Starter

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    BAsically i started getting this message recently on my pc - "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

    So i had a backup saved onto my ext hard drive but when i go to boot options it only detects my cd/dvd rom and the floppy disk..neither the internal hard drive or the external hard drive are detected.


    any help appreciated guys!
     
  2. JennyJackson01

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    Hiya kel2 and welcome to TSG.

    Go into BIOS by pressing either F1, F2 or the DEL key (it should tell you on-screen just after you press the ON button). Make sure your CD/DVD and hard drive/s are showing and being read correctly and also make sure the boot order contains the system`s hard drive in at least second position, if not first. It`s worth checking the physical connections to the hard drive as well, especially if it`s just started happening.

    Some motherboards don`t access the USB ports as a start-up option so not finding your external drive immediately isn`t so much of an issue although depending on the mobo itself, there might be an option to enable it.

    Jenny
     
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