The ranting of an IT Professional

Nov 6 2008   2:16PM GMT

Server will not boot due to USB HDD

Jason Tramer Jason Tramer Profile: Jason Tramer


So maybe this is a coincidence but I encountered an issue where a server would not boot. It froze right before hitting the windows splash screen, no errors, nothing. Wouldn’t boot with “Last Known Good” or in Safe mode. As soon as the USB HDD was unplugged though it boot fine. I have never heard of this issue before.

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  • TheStanz
    This happens with many PCs as well. I've noticed in my work environment that a PC will not boot if a blackberry is plugged into it because it attempts to boot from that device. Could be related.
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  • Roger Crawford
    We run into this alot with HP Servers and USB Drives. Even if you go into BIOS and move the USB down in boot order it will still hang. Also I have run into this with USB Flash Drives. Especially if you are installing SBS 2008 with the USB Flash Drive in and you are trying to configure drive size through setup it will error until you remove the USB Flash and then it will let you configure partition size after you reboot and start setup again.
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