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Can't reboot with usb drive plugged in

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I have a Sony Vaio desktop computer with Windows XP.
I have a 'My Book' Western Digital external 1 TB usb disk drive.
When I reboot, if the drive is plugged in, the computer gets stuck on the 'Sony' screen and windows will not start.
If I uplug the drive and reboot, windows will start as normal. Then after starting windows, i plug the drive in and it is recognized and all is well.
Sounds like an issue with the BIOS not liking the drive. I don't know enough about BIOS to fix, so can someone please assist. Thanks!
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