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Windows 7: USB powered off before Win7 runs

12 Jan 2017   #1
badoumba

Windows 7 64
 
 
USB powered off before Win7 runs

Hi guys,

Have Win7 64 installed on a HP Z600 server. Trying to boot to an external bootable HD OS, it turns out that it is not detected at startup as USB are only powered once Win7 is launched (according to the white LED of my external HD ...well once connected, the HD is spinning but the white LED only shines once Win7 is started)

note : works fine in a laptop that I have - no issue with the external HD.

If anyone has a tip for fixing this, would be gratefull
Thnx


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12 Jan 2017   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Check the server BIOS, there should be an option called USB Legacy Support or something similar - switching this on should give you access to the USB ports before boot-up of windows

Windows 7 supposedly does not support booting from an external USB drive, just installation - Other OS's sometimes do support this but may need setting up specifically to allow this - check the manuals for the OS involved
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12 Jan 2017   #3
badoumba

Windows 7 64
 
 

Thanks Barman,

Only found "USB wake on device insertion" that I enabled but didn't change anything.
My laptop also runs Windows7 and it works fine. BTW, my bootable OS is Centos7 but this should not come into the equation as it works fine on my laptop.
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12 Jan 2017   #4
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

It could be that the server BIOS does not have this option (some manufacturers do make assumptions that a server should just be a headless unit without input devices, but that is unusual)
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12 Jan 2017   #5
badoumba

Windows 7 64
 
 

The strange thing is that there is a kind of power as my disk is spinning. Only after the boot sequence my Seagate HD has its LED on.
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12 Jan 2017   #6
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

There are 4 connections on a USB 2 for power and 2 for Data - It's often the case that the power is an always on connection so you will see the symptoms you describe.

There are a couple of options that may get you away - Check for a BIOS update from HP HP Support document - HP Support Center you may find a later one with the Correct Option

You could also consider switching to eSATA from USB for connection It would need a card and cables / enclosure but eSata is just an extension to the normal drive connctors so do not have the issues of USB (and are normally better for an OS as the speeds are normally faster

I have searched for a BIOS manual on the HP site without luck - If you have the original documentation, it might be included
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12 Jan 2017   #7
badoumba

Windows 7 64
 
 

Thanks Barman,

Obviously, nothing around my BIOS version related to USB legacy, CSM or UEFI.
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12 Jan 2017   #8
badoumba

Windows 7 64
 
 

BIOS updated. No more options. No more powered plugs.
eSATA trick maybe will do.
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12 Jan 2017   #9
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Not sure if this a short term or long term need but if it's a one off I'd just open the case and temporarily connect through normal SATA power and data, For occasional use you can get eSATA docking stations that require a SATA to eSATA from an internal connection - then of course for regular use there's the full enclosure Both of the last two options can also include USB for use with other devices
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12 Jan 2017   #10
badoumba

Windows 7 64
 
 

Actually I am constantly plugging this HD between 1 laptop and 2 workstations along the day (R&D testing), so eSata is the only way I guess.
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