Running Extra OS on USB Hard Drive

  Victor J. 17:04 14 Aug 2004

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.

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