boot from USB HDD

February 11, 2005 at 13:27:19
Specs: WinXP Pro, P4, 512MB

I have PC without optical drive and floppy.
I would like to install WinXP from my USB HDD.
I dont wont to install it ON USB HDD, the PC have it's own HDD.
I'd like to boot from USB HDD, and start installation from it (i'm thinking of copying XP CD on it).
Anybody can tell me how to make it?



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#1
February 11, 2005 at 13:38:31

see the thread posted immediately before this one.

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#2
February 11, 2005 at 13:39:42

This question has been asked again and again so many times in the past. The truth is Windows XP would not allow it.

i_XpUser


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#3
February 11, 2005 at 13:41:05

Depending on your BIOS, you should be able to put the USB device in your boot order. To get the CD image onto the USB device, go to a computer that works, and copy all the contents of that CD onto the root directory of that USB drive. Make sure you have selected "show hidden and system files" before you attempt this or it will not work

I've done this with other operating systems, but not XP... might work though


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#4
February 11, 2005 at 14:45:36

Won't work with XP. XP will only recognize the machine it was installed on.

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#5
February 11, 2005 at 15:07:14

Sorry- I misread. I thought you were trying to install a preinstalled O/S.

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#6
February 11, 2005 at 15:10:21

per, I believe you're still correct nevertheless. What I think whiteman is trying to do is copy the XP CD to external HD then boot to it for installation on the machine HD.


i_XpUser


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#7
February 11, 2005 at 15:14:17

Yeah, I think you are correct. If I recall correctly you tried to setup a boot from a usb device and it didn't work. I suspect that would be a bios thing where some mobo's would allow a boot from the usb.

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#8
February 11, 2005 at 15:17:19

Exactly, wont it be great if I have a workable XP running from external USB HD!

i_XpUser


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