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Running/installing Xp On An External Usb Drive


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#1 p43hd

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:25 PM

alright i have a wd 1600jb i believe with 160gb space. im running on a latitude d610. how would i go about installing xp from an iso image that i have on my c: drive so that it runs off of the external drive and i can boot from it at startup? if you need more details feel free to ask.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:40 PM

Why would you want to do that?
Not sure it's possible, but if it was, the OS would run extremely slow.
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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:44 PM

Why would you want to do that?
Not sure it's possible, but if it was, the OS would run extremely slow.



i have a rather small internal hd (60gb) its a notebook so installing a new one would be difficult. the os is clogged up with tons of crap however im unable to do a clean reinstall because i have important applications for my work on here that i would be unable to reinstall. on top of that i have about 10gb of freespace on the local hd so it would be difficult to create a partition on the current hd to run this off of it. that's why :thumbsup:

trust me i wouldn't ask such a weird question without a reasonable reason.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:10 PM

If you're trying to recover Windows and you need a working install of Windows to do it, I suggest using the UBCD for Windows boot CD. I don't think you can install Windows on an external usb/firewire drive, and even if you could, you couldn't transpose your applications from the old install to the new one. You'll be missing registry entries and who knows what else.
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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:14 PM

If you're trying to recover Windows and you need a working install of Windows to do it, I suggest using the UBCD for Windows boot CD. I don't think you can install Windows on an external usb/firewire drive, and even if you could, you couldn't transpose your applications from the old install to the new one. You'll be missing registry entries and who knows what else.



no i just want to create a brand new windows install on an external usb drive while maintaining my current install on my c: drive. i have an iso image (no disk)

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:15 PM

no i just want to create a brand new windows install on an external usb drive while maintaining my current install on my c: drive. i have an iso image (no disk)

For what reason? What are you trying to do with a new install on the computer?
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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:35 PM

I would leave the Windows just where it is and use the other hdd for applications and files. This way you important files are separate and protected if the OS needs to be reinstalled or the hdd fails.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:35 PM

no i just want to create a brand new windows install on an external usb drive while maintaining my current install on my c: drive. i have an iso image (no disk)

For what reason? What are you trying to do with a new install on the computer?



i am trying to just create a clean install (just barebone xp sp3) while keeping my currently installed xp bootable and all of the files on it. i have a lot of crapware on my current install of xp but i can do a clean reinstall of windows because of programs i have for work on it that i wouldnt be able to reinstall. i want to be able to select either the current xp installation or the new one on my external hd at startup. my bios does enable boot from usb.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 10:42 PM

I would leave the Windows just where it is and use the other hdd for applications and files. This way you important files are separate and protected if the OS needs to be reinstalled or the hdd fails.



actually atm it doesnt really matter:

see my other post: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...mp;#entry915249




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