Windows 10: Laptop not booting fully when external HDD plugged in.

Discus and support Laptop not booting fully when external HDD plugged in. in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; My Surface Book doesn't boot 100% through when I have a HDD plugged in via USB. It's "waiting" past the login screen. Only when I unplug the HDD it's... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/derFeef, Feb 23, 2021 at 6:17 AM.

  1. Laptop not booting fully when external HDD plugged in.


    My Surface Book doesn't boot 100% through when I have a HDD plugged in via USB. It's "waiting" past the login screen. Only when I unplug the HDD it's loading all the services and programs. This is only on a cold boot also.

    There is no external programm on the HDD just files I need. Haven't found anything in the events, nor are there any weird programs in the autostart.

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  2. DaveM121 Win User

    Laptop won't boot with new external hard drive attached.

    The problem is probably in your BIOS . . .

    • Plug in the external HDD
    • Boot into BIOS
    • Make sure the external drive is not above your internal HDD in the boot order list
    • Enable or disable USB Legacy Boot, whichever setting allows your system to boot with the external HDD plugged in . . .
     
  3. Boot from external USB HDD

    Hello!

    Any laptop should be able to Be booted from an external HDD.

    You can check this back accessing your BIOS and then checking if the BIOS gives you an option to boot from USB.

    If that option is listed, then you're good to go!
     
    Zackary Vanosdol, Feb 23, 2021 at 6:32 AM
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  4. Difeas Win User

    Laptop not booting fully when external HDD plugged in.

    Can't boot laptop without external monitor plugged in

    Hi all!

    A few days ago i was gaming on my laptop like any day and i installed a program. It told me to restart and so i did. To my horror the PC did not boot, the hdd led was black and the screen was black. I tried plugging in to an external monitor and it booted
    just fine. So the next day i tried booting it again without plugging it in to an external monitor. Didn't work.

    The only way is to have it plugged into a screen to boot it. I've tried reverting my nvidia drivers several versions and uninstalled the program.

    What do i do?
     
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