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Hello.. biggrin.gif
My buddy's PC wont start up when he has a external hard drive or thumb drive plugged into any of his USB ports. what can i do to try and fix this?
Its a new PC and his specs on it are..
windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
2 in RAID 1 WD Black 1 TB
ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3
AMD FX-6300
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post #2 of 8
Double check the boot order with the flash drive/external HDD plugged in to make sure the computer isn't booting to the wrong disk.
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I went in to the BIOS and Set the hard drive as main boot up. When thumb drive or external hard drive are in the internal hard drive's disappear.. so I disabled thumb drive and external hard drive still can't see main hard drives when thumb drive or external hard drive are plugged in.
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post #4 of 8
Can you do a CMOS clear and see if it still happens?
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post #5 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by atminside View Post

Can you do a CMOS clear and see if it still happens?
why would i have to do this if its a new pc?
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post #6 of 8
Its a common troubleshooting step, just to eliminate any possible problems from there.

Is the BIOS up to date?
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post #7 of 8
When Windows 7 does not boot when an external storage device is attached it could mean that your computer is booting to those drives instead of Windows. You can try Disabling the option to boot from a USB in BIOS.
Edited by grss1982 - 9/23/13 at 7:35pm
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post #8 of 8
USB drive is in a USB3 slot?


Enable USB3 Preconfigure or whatever it's called in BIOS.

If it's happening in a USB2 slot then the previous comments should have helped.
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