Windows XP will not boot with a USB drive attached

My Seagate backup drive was replaced under warranty, but the new one, if attached, prevents windows from booting with a hang just before the blue "Windows is starting" screen. The old drive did not do this and the replacement  is identical as far as I can tell.  One of my USB pen drives also causes this problem both on my PC and another - but is only rarely present for boot.

How can I fix this? I wonder if an update has caused this - that backup drive was off the system for many weeks while getting the replacement so I have no close time frame for when the system became fussy!


THe BIOS is set to boot only from the usual HDD.






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Last updated March 30, 2018 Views 439 Applies to: