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Hard drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    windows 8 64bit

    Hard drive


    When I have external drives installed at start up, my computer running 8.1 won't start up. It does when I remove the external drive. How do I fix this, never had it before, just got a new drive installed. Thanks

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  2. #2


    Hi,

    I believe your external hard drive have bad sectors which need to be fixed. I suggest you to run check disk command to detect and fix the issue with the hard drive. Thanks!!
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  3. #3


    Posts : 11
    windows 8


    I second that what oliverpowell said


    if that doesn't solve the problem, then the simple task is to backup your data somewhere

    Then format the drive. Then test by booting clean drive connected. If it does restore the data back to the Ex HDD

    let us know if this fixed the problem
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  4. #4


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    I wonder if the machine is trying to booting from the external HD.
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