Windows 10: won't boot with external hdd plugged in

Discus and support won't boot with external hdd plugged in in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; My Dell insiron desktop will not boot when I have my usb external hdd plugged in. When I was on Win7, this wasn't a problem because I would unplug it... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by mg8t7gn, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. mg8t7gn Win User

    won't boot with external hdd plugged in


    My Dell insiron desktop will not boot when I have my usb external hdd plugged in. When I was on Win7, this wasn't a problem because I would unplug it when restarting after doing Windows updates. Now that Win10 pro 64 automatically updates and restarts my computer on its own, the computer freezes at the Dell splash screen that has the progress bar on it. I have to force a shut down, unplug the hdd, and push the power on button. Is there a setting for me to either 1- not have updates automatically restart my computer, or 2- figure out why it won't start with the external hhd plugged in? I have no other problems with my computer.

    :)
     
    mg8t7gn, Feb 15, 2020
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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 . . .
     
    DaveM121, Feb 15, 2020
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  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 15, 2020
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  4. won't boot with external hdd plugged in

    Wireless Mouse stops working when external HDD plugged in to USB3 port

    I have a minor but annoying problem and can't find a solution....

    My wireless mouse stops working when an external USB3 HDD is plugged in to USB3 port. The mouse is about 3 feet away from the receiver.

    My mouse is a Logitech M310.

    • I don't have the problem if a USB 2 external HDD is connected to either a USB2 or USB3 port.
    • I have moved the mouse receiver to different ports on both the front and back of the computer but this doesn't change anything.
    • If I move the mouse very close to the receiver (a couple of inches), it works so it seems that the wireless range is reduced when the USB3 HDD is plugged in.
    • If I connect a wired mouse, it works fine.
    • I have 2 USB3 ports and the problem is the same on both.
    • If the USB3 HDD is connected to a USB2 port, the mouse works normally.
    • I changed the battery in the mouse but this didn't help.
    • the USB3 HDD is a WD Passport that is self powered through the USB port.

    Any suggestions?
     
    dsscottage, Feb 15, 2020
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