06-11-2009 07:36 PM
06-13-2009 12:33 AM
My new Free Agent external 1.5 terabyte is doing the same thing... I have to unplug it while my PC boots up, but can plug it in before I log on... So I'll be watching to see what gives
06-14-2009 02:05 PM
Many uses of ANY make of external hard drives, not just Seagate or Maxtor, are having the same problem.
Newer BIOS programs are allowing USB devices to become the BOOT device.
You can now buy a Linux memory stick with a small OS that will boot on your PC.
First, try different USB ports, try the back USB ports.
Second, get a powered USB hub... put it on a switch you can turn on/off. No power to that USB, it should be dead to the PC during boot.
You can check in your BIOS if there are any setting that state "check for other devices" during boot.
OR Turn off USB in DOS, it's usually called "legacy devices".
Doing that will: not allow a USB device to BOOT AND kill any USB mice or keyboards until windows starts.
So make sure you have a PS2 keyboard hanging around as the USB keyboard will not react during BIOS ! !
SOME people have changed BIOS setting and made sure the HD is the only boot choice, they were able to solve their problem.
Other always have to unplug the USB HD.
It's not a Maxtor/Seagate problem... many USB HDs have this problem and some USB BOOT device problems are scanners and IPods.
People running Lunux have this problem too.. so it's a BIOS problem.