After attaching a new Seagate 1.6TB powered external hard drive, my desktop will not now boot completely. It gets part way - not even to POST or beeps - and just hangs. I have to power button off to get out. Thing is when I disconnect the HDD, things are as normal and system boots OK. Seems to be that it is trying to boot off the external HDD, but BIOS options have not changed. I have even set 'other boot options' in the BIOS to OFF, but it makes no difference. I have other portable HDDs, which don't give any problems when attached and the system is booted, so I really cannot understand what is going on.
Not really a problem as such, but my desktop is crammed down the side of a desk in a corner making accessing the rear usb ports a bit of a struggle to keep getting to. Really is more of why this is doing what it is doing - I cannot understand why and it bugs me (bit of a nerd that way ?))
Not sure of the Mobo - American Megatrends or VIA? Have tried it attached to my laptop running Vista and that boots up with no problems and the disk is recognised. Have also tried attaching the HDD with another usb cable on my desktop, but this is the same. I cannot understand why just adding an external HDD can affect the booting. As mentioned before, I have a couple of portable HDDs, which are fine.
Quote: 'Not really a problem as such, but my desktop is crammed down the side of a desk in a corner making accessing the rear usb ports a bit of a struggle to keep getting to.' Extension lead perhaps may solve this?