Running Extra OS on USB Hard Drive

  Victor J. 17:04 14 Aug 2004
Locked

I am currently operating XP Home Edition on my laptop with 30GB HD.Is it possible to install XP Professional onto a plug in USB Hard Drive of 85GB, and is the procedure straightforward?

  Diemmess 17:34 14 Aug 2004

Probably not..........Even though I am a stick-in-the-mud, still with 98SE I think my reasons will apply across the board.

The computer cannot access anything connected with USB until it has booted the necessary USB drivers.

  alan227 18:05 14 Aug 2004

It probably is possible but it would mean altering the Master Boot Record and one slip without it being backed up and a format looms

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:14 14 Aug 2004

Check in BIOS to see if can boot from usb device.

Some laptops have a USB floppy and can boot from them (compaq, IBM think pad done it with both of these) a usb harddrive therefore should be no different.

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Alienware 17 R4 2017 review

These brilliant Lego posters show just what children's imaginations are capable of

Mac power user tips and hidden tricks

Comment réinitialiser votre PC, ordinateur portable ou tablette Windows ?