Yes, it's possible to boot from an external drive if your motherboard is configured to allow it.
And, it seems to me that your's is booting just fine.
I suspect that the problem is that you're trying to boot with the settings from your internal hard drive that have been cloned to your external drive. This confuses Windows, so it quits on you.
Are there any boot options presented to you? Like Safe Mode, etc? If so, try Safe Mode and/or see if you can do a repair install of XP on the external drive ( http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
). That might fix it up enough to get it working.
FYI - I believe that it's a violation of the EULA to have 2 copies of XP installed on one system. This might affect your ability to update one or both of the copies.
Edited by usasma, 13 September 2006 - 09:56 AM.
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