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Install Windows XP to External Hard Disk?


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#1 Krishna21

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:48 AM

My dad was cleaning out the office and came across a nice, unopened, sealed box copy of Windows XP Professional. He told me they never used it, so he gave it to me.

I've got my handy dandy 500GB External Hard Drive here, I'd love to experiment.

How can I install Windows XP to the Hard Drive and boot off of it?

Do I have to do anything special? Or is it like installing to a regular computer; boot into the installer, select your drive, install, yay.

Any help would be nice--thank you!


Oh yes, I have posted this in the External Hardware forum as well, I was unsure where to post it, sorry if its considered spam!!

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 11:08 AM

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 11:47 AM

Not to sound rude to the moderator..but..I already tried that ._."

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 11:49 AM

Assuming your system sees usb at boot then yes, just like any regular installation.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 11:53 AM

Okay, how sure are you?
(not to sound rude again :D)

Will I experience any boot problems?

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 11:58 AM

No rudeness perceived :).

Many times posters give no indication of what they have resourced or tried...on something such as your question (which is unual), there are no standard references and Google is the obvious answer for acquiring info (IMO).

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 12:34 PM

As long as your computer supports booting from USB you should be able to do it. I don't think the traditional method of installing to a drive from boot up will work. I could be wrong but I don't think XP will see the USB drive as an installation option. I think the best method would be to install it from within your existing windows system. If you use auto run it will pop up if you want to do an full install,upgrade, or browse the CD.If you have turned this off then you will have to launch the setup file from the CD. Choose a full install it should let you choose what drive to install it to. Then once that is complete you will have to alter the boot loader of the OS you are using now to give you the option to boot to the newly installed OS. Since the process for doing that is somewhat different depending on what OS you are using I cannot be explicit. I will say that in general Microsoft suggests installing the oldest OS first and then the newer one since the boot loading system is changed in newer versions of windows.
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 12:48 PM

The WORST that will happen is that at boot you'll be asked to which installation you want to boot. And that can always be defeated by editing the boot.ini file.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 11:29 AM

Booting from a USB device has to be supported in the BIOS.

You can also go to Start> right click on My Computer> Properties> Advanced> Startup and Recovery> Settings. Under System Startup you can select the operating system that you wish to boot from.

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 11:58 AM

Booting from a USB device has to be supported in the BIOS.

Yeah, I think that was already established a couple of times in this thread

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 12:08 PM

View Postdc3, on 17 January 2011 - 11:29 AM, said:
Booting from a USB device has to be supported in the BIOS.


Yeah, I think that was already established a couple of times in this thread


Let's see, there was "Assuming your system sees usb at boot then yes", and "As long as your computer supports booting from USB you should be able to do it.", but there was no specific mention that it is the BIOS which will determine whether this can be done or not. There are some members here that may not be aware of this, it is for that purpose that I made the post.

Thank you for your observance. :thumbup2:

Edited by dc3, 17 January 2011 - 12:09 PM.

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