Windows 10 fails to Start When USB Stick is Plugged In

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  1. Posts : 156
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #11

    I used my disk imaging software's boot disk and partition manager to check on the USB.
    At first, I wasn't able to boot to the boot disk when the thumb drive was plugged in. Once it got to "Windows is loading it's files..." it hung. After removing the thumb drive and rebooting it booted fine to the boot disk.

    The USB has no active partition. it has 1.00 unallocated space and 119 GB Primary NTFS.

    I get a bit confused on the terminology.
    Is the proper term a 'thumb drive? '
    When should the spelling be Disk or Disc?
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  2. Posts : 12,492
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #12

    JamesJoey said:
    I used my disk imaging software's boot disk and partition manager to check on the USB.
    At first, I wasn't able to boot to the boot disk when the thumb drive was plugged in. Once it got to "Windows is loading it's files..." it hung. After removing the thumb drive and rebooting it booted fine to the boot disk.

    The USB has no active partition. it has 1.00 unallocated space and 119 GB Primary NTFS.

    I get a bit confused on the terminology.
    Is the proper term a 'thumb drive? '
    When should the spelling be Disk or Disc?
    The portable/pocketable drives are USB Thumb or Flash drives, interchangeable terms, Thumb comes from the comparison with a person's thumb.
    The spelling of Disc is used with CD and DVD drives or ODD/Optical Disc Drive. Disc has always been printed on the face of the drive's tray, goes back to when the ODDs first came out. Disk has always been used with floppy drives, Zip drives and HDD/Hard Disk Drives. Absent any other information the spelling of something can get a hint as to what is being talked about.

    Assuming the USB drive is 128GB the partitioning appears correct but it probably came formatted as FAT32. Windows can't format more than 32GB as FAT32 so I use Linux Mint to do the job, have formatted a 500GB drive as FAT32 for use on Linux and Mac OS X. Windows can read/write the drive.

    As long as a USB is not set as Active it shouldn't be a problem.
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  3. Posts : 156
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #13

    Thanks much for the info.

    Just have to remember to unplug it before shutting down for the night.
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