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Windows 7: won't boot with external USB attached

16 Jul 2019   #11
shimself

w7 pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Please attach an image of Disk Management (C:\Windows\System32\diskmgmt.msc) of the external disk as Jumanji did.
Expand the window and the columns so we can read them.

herewith. (disk 2,3,4,5 will be the built in usb/sd etc panel on the front face)




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16 Jul 2019   #12
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Take the active flag off it.

type the following at command prompt:

diskpart
(press enter)
sel vol j:
(press enter)
inact
(press enter)
exi
(press enter)
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16 Jul 2019   #13
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Take the active flag off it.

type the following at command prompt:

diskpart
(press enter)
sel vol J: (not F:)
(press enter)
inact
(press enter)
exi
(press enter)


Disk J: is set as "active", it is set as a boot able disk. It probably had a OS installed and now is for data.
On BIOS, it is probably set as first boot option.
You have 3 options:
- On BIOS, set disk 0 as first boot option.
- Open a CMD window as Administrator and use the Diskpart commands SIW2 gave you or you can set disk J: as inactive using Disk Manager
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16 Jul 2019   #14
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, should be J:
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19 Jul 2019   #15
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
 
 

Most, or at least Many PC's and Laptops are setup in the Bios to boot from the Flash Drive first. OK?


If the attached Flash Drive (USB device) has a boot sector and OS, it will boot the PC, and if not the boot process will/may hang.


I have one old Flash Drive that I've used for years, with my Utilities programs on it. I use it on every Service Call. I have reformatted it several times over the years, but almost every PC will try to boot from it, if it's plugged in when I boot or re-boot the PC.
I've given up trying to figure out why, I just have to remember to unplug it before I re-boot a PC.
(it's an old PNY 8GB FD)
Ain't that weird?


Life is too short, to worry about the simple stuff.


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26 Jul 2019   #16
shimself

w7 pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the help. I'm on holiday so can't try anything out until I return. I am certain that the first disk in the boot order is indeed the SSD as it should be
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3 Weeks Ago   #17
shimself

w7 pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Please attach an image of Disk Management (C:\Windows\System32\diskmgmt.msc) of the external disk as Jumanji did.
Expand the window and the columns so we can read them.

Sorry for the huge delay, it stopped being a regular nuisance, but now I'd like to hand the pc over so it needs fixing



Done - it's disk J: (sorry about the drive letters, it's historical)



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3 Weeks Ago   #18
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Welcome back @shimself. Just to recap, does the computer+external disk still hang, after J: is marked as Inactive?
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