Booting A PC From USB

  johnehlas 14:06 12 Aug 2003

Hiya all,

i am just wondering if it is possible to BOOT a PC from Windows which is stored in a USB 1/2 external HDD?
If this is possible could you please let me know how before i purchase one! The reason for doing this would be to keep a fresh unused copy of windows incase anything goes wrong then i could boot from USB and just clone the fresh copy over using NORTON GHOST 2003!

Could somebody help me pls!

Thanks again john

  Lozzy 14:11 12 Aug 2003

I doubt very much you can do that with a USB external HDD as normally a USB connection requires windows to be up and running.

  -pops- 14:12 12 Aug 2003

Doubt it as USB requires an operating system to function from.

You would be better installing a second hard drive on the other IDE connection already available in most machines - cheaper as well.

  johnehlas 14:15 12 Aug 2003

u dont need windows or an operating system to use USB coz i can use my USB keyboard and mouse in DOS so why not be able to boot from DOS???????

My PC only has USB ports and so has to work in DOS so there must be some way to do it??????

  DieSse 14:21 12 Aug 2003

It all depends on the motherboard and BIOS - for instance my new intel 865 based motherboard has boot opions from a USB floppy, CD, ZIP and Hard drive.

So look in the BIOS and find out where the options are that you can boot from - that'll be what's possible.

  Quiller. 14:21 12 Aug 2003

This has been looked at before.

click here

It ain't very promising.

  Terrahawk 14:24 12 Aug 2003

you need an operating system on a fixed drive as your usb controllers will run from this so i would not think you would be able boot from usb johnehlas dos is an operating system though these days it is embedded into windows

  -pops- 14:24 12 Aug 2003

Whichever is the correct answer to this, my alternative suggestion is cheaper and most likely better.

  Quiller. 14:28 12 Aug 2003

Yes. A far better idea.

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