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Windows 2000/XP Restarts Repeatedly After Adding A Drive

July 27th, 2009

Problem:
After adding an additional drive to the system, Windows 2000/XP may fail to completely load. The system may end up in a loop in which it restarts repeatedly.

Cause:
Windows has a setting that dictates what happens when a system failure state occurs. This may be causing the restarts.

Resolution:
To check for this, do the following:

  1. Shut down the system and remove the recently added drive. At this point, Windows should boot up normally.
  2. Once the desktop appears, right-click on My Computer and click Properties.
  3. Click the Advanced tab at the top of the resulting window.
  4. Click Startup and Recovery at the bottom of the next window. Look for the Automatically reboot option and uncheck it.
  5. Click OK twice to close the remaining windows.
  6. At this point, shut the system down and reconnect the drive. You should now be able to start the system and boot up completely into Windows.
  7. If necessary, proceed as normal to configure the drive using Disk Management.
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