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10-11-2010 09:58 AM
I have the same issues with this ST310005EXA101 external drive. I can not reboot with the drive pluged into the USB port. I have attempted to re-boot with this drive on both Windows XP Media Center (P4 with 4 gig ram) and also Windows 7 (AMD Phenom II with 8 gig ram). I do not believe this is an intel motherboard issue as noted above because it will not boot on both AMD and Intel boards.
Interesting, on the windows 7 Phenom II machine, if this drive is plugged in, the bios changes the boot order of the local drives! Default local HDD boot order is the factory drive with Windows 7 loaded #1. I have another drive installed for local storage that is changed to #1 if I leave the seagate external pluggged in during re-boot. I must unplug the Seagate ST310005EXA101 drive, then restore the bios to defaults, then it will allow me to re-boot from the factory drive with Windows 7 (as long as the Seagate ST310005EXA101 is still un-pluged).
In windows XP Media Center, I have to un-plug the seagate external ST310005EXA101, then perform a hard re-boot because the computer is locked at the flash screen. The seagate drive does not appear to effect the bios in the XP media Center machine.
do I have a bad seagate ST310005EXA101? should i return this drive? Is there a fix for this?
10-11-2010 11:00 AM
OK, i found a fix that works for me. In BIOS, I disabled this device in the boot menu. Now seagate external ST310005EXA101 device does not power on until after windows 7 starts. Problem solved (for me). Of course this means that I can not ever boot from this device, however at least I can re-start the computer without having to remember to un-plugging the external Seagate drive first.