Booting laptop through USB HDD

Sony Vaio vpccw21fx/w notebook
June 3, 2010 at 01:33:08
Specs: Windows XP
Hello sir this a kunal i am using a sony vaio laptop.... the problem its main hdd has is not working so iam trying through my usb 500gb hdd but unfortunatlly its also not showing in the boot time... so would be very muchh thankful if u could help me please.... please help me.... sir....

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June 3, 2010 at 04:12:19
No one will email you from CN. You should not list your email here either. Logical thing is to buy a new HDD.

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June 3, 2010 at 05:08:19
You will be best to purchase a new hard drive, and if you did not make a set of recovery disks when you first began using your laptop, you will need to purchase a set from Sony (they will probably need your model number and serial number.
If you trying to use a USB drive, First you would need to see IF you can set your BIOS to accept booting from a USB drive. Then you would need to use a recovery disk set to INSTALL your operating system on it specifically for THAT computer (IF it lets you). Then you will need to set your BIOS to allow booting from USB AND reset your boot order. IF it works, you will no longer be very portable. DO NOT do this as a temporary measure since Windows cannot be arbitrarily installed on as many hard drives as you like under your license, so an install like this should be considered as a permanent change over. It would be MUCH better to replace the hard drive and use recovery disk set to reset the new hard drive to the same as when the laptop was originally new.

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June 3, 2010 at 17:29:26
It can be done but not quite easy in Windows. There are web pages on how to make a usb drive bootable with windows.

You can run linux very well though. Get a live cd and install the OS to the external usb hard drive. As with all bios's they may or may not be what you expect. Some may show that drive as an internal drive or scsi or usb of some kind.

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