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Install Win XP on External HDD

May 30, 2005 at 20:03:54
Specs: Win XP Pro, P4 3.2 1GB Ram

How can i install Winxp Pro on a external HDD and boot up the OS using the external HDD?
i refer to the article posted previously and follow the steps.
http://computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/68808.html
But when i select the external HDD to be install,The next step i get from the WinXp installation process is That the drive selected is not allow...
What others ways can i use to install and boot up from the external HDD?(my Bios allow USB device to be boot up)


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#1
May 30, 2005 at 20:25:33

Ignore the referenced post; it's incorrect. Read this thread

http://computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/134846.html

i_XpUser


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#2
May 30, 2005 at 20:27:46

Also...even if your BIOS allow USB device to boot up, Windows XP will not install on it.

i_XpUser


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#3
May 30, 2005 at 20:29:58

There are many reasons why that won't work, for long at least, the main one is because MSoft doesn't want it to work.

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#4
May 30, 2005 at 20:33:51

MSoft doesn't want it to work say it all :-)

i_XpUser


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#5
May 30, 2005 at 20:38:04

How about other OS like Win NT? or Win 2000 or ME? or even Linux?


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#6
May 30, 2005 at 20:40:35

I honestly don't know. This is Windows XP Forum. But again M$ most likely does not want any of their OS to install on an external or removable HD.

i_XpUser


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#7
May 30, 2005 at 21:07:11

I've never tried it, but I can't think of any reason why it won't work with Win98.

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#8
May 30, 2005 at 22:09:47

For the above information is that it works on removeable harddisk.This works for Win 98 and WinXP.


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#9
May 31, 2005 at 03:55:43

My internal IDE hard drive is, in fact, removable. I can install any version of Windows on it and it works (as it should).

The difference between an internal IDE hard drive and a 'Removable' drive is only the fast connect/disconnect. You don't need to remove the case cover either.

In the context of this thread I believe removable was referring to an external removable drive versus an internally connected but physically external (hanging from the ribbon cable) drive.
An external USB drive is both external and removable.

All drives are removable.

HTH (someone)
Bryan


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#10
May 31, 2005 at 05:46:56

My statement "won't work for long" refers to the first time you attempt to connect that external drive to a different computer with different hardware. I think WinXP would protest.

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#11
May 31, 2005 at 08:39:04

You're right, Bryco. I should have explained what I meant when I wrote ..M$ most likely does not want any of their OS to install on an external or removable HD.

You just clarified it for me! :-)

i_XpUser


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