My PC normally takes 30 seconds to boot into Windows XP. Suddenly (literally overnight) it started taking 5 minutes to boot. It sticks on the opening screen, with the system information, for about 4 minutes before resuming the normal boot up process. There is then another brief hang between the Windows XP and log on screens.
I have discovered through experimentation that the boot time returns to the normal 30 seconds if I unplug my 250GB external HD. I have tried plugging the external HD into different USB2 ports but this has no effect. If I wait until the PC has booted before plugging in the external HD, it works fine. I have also checked the external HD on another PC and it worked absolutely fine with no effect on the boot time.
Provided I remember to unplug the external HD before starting the PC there is no great problem. However, I do not always remember and it is, in any event, an irritation I would really like to resolve. Has anyone any suggestions please?
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