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Solved: Installing Windows XP on an External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Bob Parks, May 5, 2010.

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  1. Bob Parks

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    Hello,

    I am not computer literate so this question and others that might follow may seem rather dumb.

    Currently I have four hard drives in my box. when my drive 0 (C) failed it took five days, there was a weekend, before things were repaired. I am looking for a work around to avoid this problem in the future.

    I just purchased an external hard drive. Is it possible to make this a bootable drive so if my C fails again I will have an operable, but slow, computer?

    If it is possible I will have further questions. Thank you for your help.

    Bob
     
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    Nope, Windows XP cannot boot from a USB connected drive.

    However you can clone the internal drive or create a backup image of the drive onto an external drive and then restore that image onto a replacement drive. Or if you do an exact clone you can remove the hard drive from the external and install it in place of the internal.
     
  3. Bob Parks

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    Hello Triple6

    I use voice recognition software because I have Parkinson's disease and evidently last night when I sent, or thought I did, a message thanking you for your prompt response it didn't work. So thank you.

    I have another question. Does Windows require the operating system, I guess you would call it the bootable stuff, to be on drive 0? Speaking hypothetically, on my new external drive I have an image of my C drive which is very fortunate because the drive failed mechanically a few minutes ago. Knowing I will lose all of the data on my drive 1 I restore the image onto the D drive. If I now reboot will Windows recognize that the operating system is on drive D?

    Thank you

    Bob
     
  4. Triple6

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    If you restored a complete image of the drive and you've disconnected the previous failed drive then you should be able to boot off the old D drive, which will now become the new C drive.
     
  5. Bob Parks

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    Thank you again Triple6

    The odds are that I will never have to use this knowledge but I certainly appreciate your laying out a plan of action for me. Or as you say in Canada "Eh."

    Be well

    Bob
     
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