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Windows 8 boot blocked by USB Drive

Postby JohnHind » Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:58 am

After loading Windows 8 from a fresh install using a boot DVD I found it would sometimes fail to boot after a restart. Immediately after Boot It Bare Metal screen, the screen would go blank and stay that way. After a lot of head banging and cursing of Microsoft and all its works, as well as restarting from scratch several times, I tried stripping the machine back to a minimum and then restoring items until it stopped booting again. To make a long story short (ish) I discovered the problem was a USB flash drive. I could actually unblock the boot just by removing this *after* BiBM without having to restart!

I tried reformatting the USB stick in Windows (FAT32, leaving it blank), but it still blocked the boot. I then tried reformatting it in BiBM and this cured the problem. Even after copying the files back onto the stick, Windows 8 now boots with it present. I tried another USB stick which displayed exactly the same symptoms. I thought maybe the USB drive was somehow pre-empting the boot sequence and it was trying to boot from that rather than the correct boot SSD, but in BiBM the SSD shows up as Drive 0 and the USB drive appears after all the SATA drives. Neither of these USB Drives presented any problems in Windows 7, but I should point out that I upgraded BiBM and the boot SSD at the same time as Windows, so I cannot be sure which caused the problem (or even if I might have set things up a bit different).

I post this mainly to help others, but if anyone has any kind of explanation for this weirdness I'd like to hear it!
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Re: Windows 8 boot blocked by USB Drive

Postby JohnHind » Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:27 am

Sorry, wrong section. I will repost in Bare Metal.
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Re: Windows 8 boot blocked by USB Drive

Postby siamon » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:24 am

I have no free space on my HD-0 where to restore my WinXP image to. If it says "Paste Pending for Image Restore" and I select the original WinXP partition where the Image came from, the Paste button will become active. So it should be possible to restore the Image over the WinXP partition. Is this correct and does it have any drawbacks to do so or do I first have to delete the OS partition? If so, which option for deletion will I have to select?
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Re: Windows 8 boot blocked by USB Drive

Postby TeraByte Support » Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:18 am

it will basically delete it for you and do the restore...

"siamon" wrote in message news:6999@public.bootitng...

I have no free space on my HD-0 where to restore my WinXP image to. If it
says "Paste Pending for Image Restore" and I select the original WinXP
partition where the Image came from, the Paste button will become active. So
it should be possible to restore the Image over the WinXP partition. Is this
correct and does it have any drawbacks to do so or do I first have to delete
the OS partition? If so, which option for deletion will I have to select?

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Re: Windows 8 boot blocked by USB Drive

Postby lisaa » Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:32 am

I attempted to install BING v1.83 on my new Windows 8 64bit Lenovo desktop computer and after several failed install attempts I get the Error 1962: No operating system found... " The computer's BIOS no longer sees the HDD and it doesn't boot. What can I do to get my computer to boot agai (keeping my existing data and programs)? ;)
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Re: Windows 8 boot blocked by USB Drive

Postby TeraByte Support » Sat Nov 15, 2014 7:17 pm

It won't know of a GPT and overwrite it - boot the same disk you used to
install, presuming it's UFD or Floppy you can transfer to the installed copy
and then choose to uninstall. Otherwise you could also "undo" the EMBR (if
media used to install was writable). Worse case is you'll have to use BIBM
to undelete, then change the disk type to GPT, adjust the properties of the
old EFI System partition (typically smaller one) to be EFI System. Or just
restore from your IFW/IFD/IFL full drive backup.



"lisaa" wrote in message news:8962@public.bootitng...

I attempted to install BING v1.83 on my new Windows 8 64bit Lenovo desktop
computer and after several failed install attempts I get the Error 1962: No
operating system found... " The computer's BIOS no longer sees the HDD and
it doesn't boot. What can I do to get my computer to boot agai (keeping my
existing data and programs)?

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Re: Windows 8 boot blocked by USB Drive

Postby Aliraza9 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:17 pm

Bad sectors in the wrong places can cause serious problems. Most drive manufacturers have a tool you can download and boot to run tests on the drive????
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Re: Windows 8 boot blocked by USB Drive

Postby mjnelson99 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:46 am

I have an external USB hard drive container that I needed to remove in
order to boot Win 7 X64.
Once booted, I could reattach the device successfully.
Mary


On 4/2/2015 11:17 PM, Aliraza9 wrote:
> Bad sectors in the wrong places can cause serious problems.

Most drive manufacturers have a tool you can download and boot

to run tests on the drive????
>
>
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Re: Windows 8 boot blocked by USB Drive

Postby TeraByte Support » Fri Apr 03, 2015 1:02 pm

anyone have an idea what this type of spam is about? They used to try to
embed stuff in signatures and the like but that is all suppressed. anyone
see anything?


"Aliraza9" wrote in message news:9479@public.bootitng...

Bad sectors in the wrong places can cause serious problems. Most drive
manufacturers have a tool you can download and boot to run tests on the
drive????

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Re: Windows 8 boot blocked by USB Drive

Postby DrTeeth » Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:58 pm

On Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:02:00 PDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
"TeraByte Support" disturbed my
reverie and wrote:

> anyone see anything?
Looks clean in Agent 7
--
Cheers,

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