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(Solved) - Booting from an external hard drive

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cinque8
Posts: 104

Hi,

I have Windows XP loaded on an external hard drive that is connected to my laptop via a USB port. Is it possible to boot my computer from this drive? If so, how would I go about doing it?

Thanks,

-cinque8

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GuiltySpark
GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

Hi cinque8 ,

Start off by going into the BIOS Boot sequence and setting USB HDD as your priority boot (1st).

If there is no option available then it may not be possible to boot from an external drive.

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whs
whs
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That depends on your BIOS. Some can do it, some cannot. If it is a USB2 port, it will be awfully slow. Runs fine though with a USB3 port.

Best would be eSata. You could get a PCI-e card (if you have a PCI-e slot) and an eSata enclosure. Examples:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6839328027
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6817801111
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6817145072

But if you have some retarded BIOS (e.g. Sony), nothing will work.

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cinque8
Posts: 104

Thanks For The Info!

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