Boot Windows Vista from an external hard drive

July 6, 2014 at 06:23:27
Specs: Windows 8, i7/8G
I dissembled a hard drive from an old laptop and uses it as an external hard drive for my new laptop.

Here is my question: how do I boot (Windows Vista is installed in the old drive) from this external hard drive from my new laptop (Windows 8 is installed in the new laptop) ? I have not done anything to the old hard drive, so the old system drive is still there.

I have tried to change the boot priority in CMOS but it said the external drive has no system drive. So, I don't know what seem to be the problem. Does anyone know how to resolve this issue ?

Thanks in advance.

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July 6, 2014 at 14:33:50
By 'dissembled' I hope you mean you only removed it from the old laptop and didn't actually take it apart.

Unless the laptops are identical you won't be able to successfully boot the vista drive on the new one because its installation is matched to the old laptop.

But that said, it should still partially boot up before you get the blue screen error. If the drive was previously internal I guess you put it in an external case. Are you sure you did that correctly? The only other thing I can think of is the bios configuration or actual damage to the drive.

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