how to boot usb harddrive from cd

May 7, 2011 at 12:56:32
Specs: Windows XP
I want to make a cd bootdisk that will boot xp on usb harddrive. I found several way but don't understand how to create the cd bootdisk. My laptop harddrive (internal) received some bad sectors and if I could boot and use my usb harddisk, I could still use my laptop until I could buy another internal drive. Can you help me?

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#1
May 7, 2011 at 13:04:40
Isn't your laptop able to boot from USB? (most newer ones can). It would make the process (see link below) a lot easier:

http://www.ngine.de/article/id/8

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
May 7, 2011 at 14:30:41
TosibaA-55 1063 Satillte and in bios setup usb is enabled. If I install xp on it will it recognize it and boot then without a cd bootdisk?

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#3
May 7, 2011 at 16:26:44
I took out the harddrive and plugged in my usb drive (FreeAgent Go 320 GB). When I turned on the pc (laptop) I started the bios screen and went no further. In the bios it does have the usb option for FDD and Mouse and they are both enabled, why doesn't it see the drive?

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#4
May 8, 2011 at 20:16:10
"In the bios it does have the usb option for FDD and Mouse and they are both enabled, why doesn't it see the drive?"

I don't think you quite understand. The machine must be able to be able to boot from USB (the option should be under something like "First Boot Device", or "Boot Order"), not just the capability to use a USB mouse or USB floppy drive. Without this capability, you'd never be able to use the procedure above.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#5
May 9, 2011 at 06:04:01
Ok...and no there is not a usb option in the boot devise. So is it possible to create a cd bootdisk to boot it? Another thing I should check is to see if I am even able to copy xp onto the usb drive. I ran across that too. I'm not even sure how...ISO image maybe? The usb drive is Seagate FreeAgent Go 320GB. I cloned the system to the Freeagent disk right before the harddrive crashed using xxclone but I'm not sure if that even got the entire image. Is any of this even possible? Or is my laptop shot until I get another harddrive?

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#6
May 9, 2011 at 10:35:35
You may be able to use something like BartPE (which I've never used) or a live distro of Linux (which I have used--see link below) if the machine supports booting from CD. But if you're sure your internal drive is failing (see if the hard-drive manufacturer has some diagnostic tools on their site), then you need to find a way to backup whatever data is on that drive and bite the bullet for a new one ASAP.

http://www.livecdlist.com/

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#7
May 9, 2011 at 11:37:34
So, correct me if I am wrong.

You created a clone of your hard disk using xxclone to a usb hard disk.

So now you want to restore the clone on the usb disk to a new internal hard disk.

But, it would seem your pc will not boot from usb.

Looking at the xxclone page, when you created the clone to usb, did you make it bootable?

If so, & there is no option to boot from usb, Did you make a quick boot diskette?

see http://www.xxclone.com/ixcman40.htm

You probably don't have a floppy, so it won't be much good.

In my BIOS, my pc is about 6 or 7 years old, the usb drive is HDD, set that as your first boot device.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#8
May 10, 2011 at 12:17:58
I want to make a cd bootdisk that will boot xp on usb harddrive. I found several way but don't understand how to create the cd bootdisk. My laptop harddrive (internal) received some bad sectors (too many in fact) and if I could boot and use my usb harddisk, I could still use my laptop until I could buy another internal drive. I am not able to buy another one at this time but I want to be able to use it until I can. There is not any options in the bios that I can change except:
under drives: I can not change anything.

Boot Priority:
FDD-HDD-CDROM-LAN

HDD Priority:
HDD-PC Card

This is all the options (of this matter anyway) that I have. So I can boot from CD-Rom and this is what I am trying to do...
Create a boot cd and on that cd add the support for the usb drive and in maybe a configuration file or autoexec.bat to boot the usb windows file so that xp will boot as normal. I just don't know how to create the cd and add those things. And another thing is...how do I get xp to install onto the usb drive??? Use my xxclone copy maybe? I don't think that it cloned all the needed (hidden) system files.


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