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System on a portable hard disk

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  1. maczas

    maczas Thread Starter

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    Does anybody know if it is possible to install a Windows on a portable USB hard disk?
     
  2. qldit

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    G'day maczas, what kind of windows are you considering here?
    qldit.
     
  3. maczas

    maczas Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I'm considering Windows XP.
     
  4. Rukee

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    as long as the BIOS will allow you to boot to USB device it should work.
     
  5. maczas

    maczas Thread Starter

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    Concerning USB devices I have only 2 options in my BIOS: USB-FDD and USB-ZIP. Will it work with a USB HDD?
     
  6. Rukee

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    I`d try the USB-ZIP and see if it works.
     
  7. crjdriver

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    I do not think this will work. You can boot msdos, however due to the way nt based os like xp work the usb ports, I doubt that it will work. I have not tried however.
     
  8. JohnWill

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    You can't boot Windows from a USB disk. During the boot, Windows resets the USB controllers, and the boot fails.

    Yes, I have actually tried this. :)
     
  9. gotrootdude

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    You can boot linux from it though..

    For windows, use a compactflash card with a IDE adaptor instead.. Shrink it down with xplite or 98lite.. Also, make sure you have plenty of memory on the board and disable virtual memory.
     
  10. inuyasha320

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    I tried it with windows vista beta

    i did not have a dvd burner so i took the hard drive out of the external hard drive kit then put it in a friends computer and then installed the windows vista there, then put it back in.


    when i tried to boot from the external hard drive. it never even got to the load screen lol

    hard drive blinks but it never gets past a blank screen
     
  11. qldit

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    This Linux system I am using will boot from a flashdrive, or virtually anything selectable, have you considered a different operating system?
    This system will normally boot up and load into memory as a "ramdrive" from a CD, then be fully functional with GUI and all programs needed. (Very similar to working with windows)
    Then that cd can be removed from the drive and it may be used conventionally or for burning etc.
    Virus protection is an interesting question. (Unneccesary?)
    Saved items may be placed on a small flashdrive.
    Windows disks can be seen.
    Certainly worthy of consideration.
    Certainly nice to work with. http://www.goosee.com/puppy/
    After you use it for a short period it grows on you!
    Cheers, qldit.
     
  12. gotrootdude

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    Windows initializes the USB ports when it boots.. You can disable the USB devices in the device manger to work around this, but then your working at the less than USB 1.0 speed of the bios driver.
     
  13. maczas

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    Thanx for advices.
     
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