External HDD boot up

  Staz 16:29 29 Dec 2006

My old laptop broke so I've taken out the HD and put it in a chasis so I can access the files from my new laptop. Unfortunately I cannot copy the Atrac3 music files so I need to boot up my old windows XP and create a backup disc.
I know this can be done but can someone please give me full step by step instructions.

Many thanks

  Diodorus Siculus 16:57 29 Dec 2006

Do you want to boot the laptop with the disk from the laptop?

From the external chasis?

If you have an XP CD you can do a repair.

Might be best to give more info about the setup as it is now.

  Staz 17:02 29 Dec 2006

The old laptop needs a new motherboard. The HD from it is Ok.

I've put it in a chassis and I want to boot my new laptop from the old HD.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:14 29 Dec 2006

First check in the BIOS of the laptopthat it will boot from USB.

  Staz 17:21 29 Dec 2006

how do I do that?? and then what??

  Diodorus Siculus 17:33 29 Dec 2006

That's not going to be easy; you can boot from You can change your boot sequence by going into your computer's BIOS (Basic Input Output System). On most computers, the BIOS can be activated by holding down either the DEL or the F2 key when you first turn your computer on. Normally there is a message displayed at the bottom (or top) of the screen to "Press XXX key to enter CMOS / System Utility", etc.

Once you're in the BIOS, look for a section that pertains to "Boot" or "Startup". Since not all BIOS's are the same, I can't give you explicit directions where to look, although on most Dell PC's it's the last menu option on the top right of the screen.

When you're in the Boot menu, ensure that the C drive boots first, then the CD/DVD ROM, and then the USB drive (note that your external USB drive will need to be plugged in and turned on in order for it to show up in the list of bootable options). For the Dell PCs, you can adjust the boot sequence in a hierarchy by moving the cursor over top of an item and then by pressing the + or - key.

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  Staz 17:35 29 Dec 2006

I'll try that once I've got somehwre to print it all off. Thanks!

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