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    I have installed a new 1.5TB Western Digital Elements external hard drive and upon re-start the BIOS does not start. I have to turn off the computer, unplug the new hard drive and then re-start the computer. After the BIOS starts I then plug in the new hard drive, then both BIOS and XP home will load. Everything works when the OS is loaded. This is inconvenient!

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    Try checking the boot devices and priority in the BIOS. If you see a setting for other or USB device in the boot sequence, disable it so it doesn't get hung up trying to boot to the external drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    I have installed a new 1.5TB Western Digital Elements external hard drive and upon re-start the BIOS does not start. I have to turn off the computer, unplug the new hard drive and then re-start the computer. After the BIOS starts I then plug in the new hard drive, then both BIOS and XP home will load. Everything works when the OS is loaded. This is inconvenient!

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    What, exactly, does happen when you attempt to start the computer with the external drive plugged in???
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    I have not ck'ed the Load sequence and I will on the next re-start.


    The Asus BIOS start page is loaded and does not move. Normally when I start the BIOS will run thru the paces and then the OS will load. In the no load case I have waited as long as ten minutes and no response so I shut down the computer and remove the hard drive. Then the BIOS and OS will load.

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    With the drive attached...
    Are you able to interupt this freeze by actually entering the BIOS setup and make configuration changes?
    (Put/keep you finger on the key you use to enter the BIOS when you turn your computer on).
    If you able to get in there this way, follow Byrons advice for configuring the boot load sequence.

    Also, ...is this an external USB or eSATA type drive?
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    I am using a USB drive (the drive has both options).

    I have not been able to into the BIOS when I start the computer with the new drive connected. I have unplugged all of the external drives and will only plug in the new external drive and re-start and see if we get by the BIOS.

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    Perhaps you misread my post? You want to go INTO the BIOS, not get by it, without the USB drive plugged in.

    In the BIOS there is probably a setting that is to boot to other device or USB device. You need to disable that option in the BIOS so the computer will not get hung up on trying to communicate with the ext. USB drive when it is booting. Save the settings in the BIOS once that is done (F10), and reboot. If that is the problem then it will no longer matter if the USB drive is plugged in or not because the BIOS will ignore it as a boot device.

    I have had the same hangup on several occasions over the years and if the computer boots without it plugged in and not if it is, its always been the solution to disable the possibility of booting for USB devices in the BIOS.

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