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cloning SATA hard drive with Windows XP to USB hard drive

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  1. hyperinfinity

    hyperinfinity Thread Starter

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    Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to clone a SATA hard drive with Windows XP to a USB hard drive, and rather or not if Windows XP would work well on the USB hard drive after it was cloned from the SATA hard drive. The USB hard drive would be the only hard drive used after the SATA hard drive with Windows XP was cloned to the USB hard drive.
     
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    I've not tried it. But you cannot Boot/run an OS from an external USB drive.
     
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    Not only would Windows not work from a USB hard drive, USB access is much slower then PATA or SATA.
     
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    Huh, I think I might have heard about USB access being slower then PATA or SATA somewhere now that I think about it, and I don't see any reason with bothering with a USB hard drive if Widows wouldn't work from it. USB hard drives are still good for data storage, but obviously not good for running Windows.
     
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    Also, for some reason I accidentally created this thread instead of adding what I posted in this thread to the thread you closed, oh well. It seemed like I hadn't posted a similar post, but that wasn't the case.
     
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