05-27-2012 07:47 AM - edited 05-27-2012 07:47 AM
I own an old MyBook IDE 80 GB. I'd like to use it to keep a daily backup of a few small files. It would be easiest if I kept it hooked-up permanently. Today I did something I never did before, boot the PC with the drive hooked-up, but the PC would not continue past the BIOS screen. I suspect that the autoplay software or controller firmware has something to do with it, as the drive works if I attach it after the PC is booted.
I think the solution is to reformat the drive and use it as a dumb external drive. Are there any gotchas to reformatting an IDE MyBook? It should just reformat like any other drive, right?
And is the MyBook IDE 80 GB a Green drive which will spin down after ten minutes of inactivity?
P.S. I do not need assistance with how to use Disk Management. I just want to know if the autoplay software or controller firmware will fight me.
05-28-2012 09:04 AM
That's not a drive related issue. Is your computer BIOS USB legacy option enable, when you boot your computer with the drive connected the BIOS look for booting options and finds the USB drive connected, since not OS or boot loader is install on the drive it won't boot.
You need to either disable the option or you will need to connect your drive after to computer boot. Disabling the USB legacy could disable also your keyboard and your USB mouse. It does not happens in all computer but it could depending the BIOS version.
05-29-2012 07:57 AM
Thanks for the reply.
No, that's not it. I understand BIOS options. When I build a system, I disable all boot options except for "boot from optical" and "boot from hard drive". I rechecked the BIOS options and they were as I suspected.
I think I will just risk death and format the drive.