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can i boot from hard drive enclosure

by seyiisq / March 2, 2013 3:46 PM PST

Hi all,
I have had an server hardware problem (Motherboard), I know i can get over this by just replacing it. (Hard disk still ok)

Just been curious whether i can boot this hard disk on another machine by using an enclosure with it and connecting using the usb port.

I tried this by taking the usb boot option in the boot menu option, but to no avail.

Am i doing something wrong.

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As you try it, you discover.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2013 2:16 AM PST

You should discover Windows 7 doesn't natively support boot and running from USB. There are other OSes that will boot and run from USB.

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just wasn't sure
by seyiisq / March 3, 2013 5:38 AM PST

Thanks Bob.
Didn't realise on time. I was sure win8 ent and some linux distribution can boot its OS from usb.

Thanks for the enlightenment.

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I added the word "natively" on purpose.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2013 5:44 AM PST
In reply to: just wasn't sure

If you research this area you find hacks to get it to run. That doesn't mean it's good enough for most of us. I do not write about it since it's quite a hack and no support has ever been found. OK, yes there is support but then we broach the subject of what to expect from such support.

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