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Boot a Laptop HD

by picswim / January 27, 2008 2:18 AM PST

5 year old laptop is toast. I have removed the hard drive and have some future use for it. It still has XP Pro on it along with some files I would like to retrieve. This is what I want to do:

Boot the laptop hard drive (2.5" IDE)from a desktop computer. How can I do this? What are my options. The eventual plan is to back up the date on a new HD and install Ubuntu on the old drive. I have some friends that have never heard of Linux and I would like to be able to show them with this drive. Thoughts? Options? Thanks.

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Since XP dislikes the change in hardware why not???
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2008 2:20 AM PST
In reply to: Boot a Laptop HD

Just put it in some USB adapter and get your files out? Or use one of those 2.5 to 3.5 adapters.

It is highly unlikely XP will boot.


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Why won't the drive boot?
by picswim / January 27, 2008 7:36 AM PST

Can you explain why XP wouldn't boot? I used to swap out PC HDs all the time. I know about the USB adapters, but I don't think you can boot from those.

With the 2.5-3.5 adapter, would that allow me to install it in the case of a PC?

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Yes the 2.5 to 3.5 adapters will allow you to ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 27, 2008 7:46 AM PST

mount the laptop drive into a desktop case (in a 3.5 bay unless you also have some 3.5 to 5.25 adapter rails handy) and if it is set as the primary master or selected as a boot device in BIOS it will really try to boot but it will fail because the already installed OS won't recognize the board it is attached to.

Wipe XP and repartition to less than 2 Gb partitions and install DOS and it will likely be a happy bootable little drive wherever you want to install it, but not so with any of the more modern Operating Systems (even Win 9X usually forced you to delete the ENUM key from the registry so its PnP system could ID the hardware and ask you for the drivers.

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The enum key deleted you still run into activation.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2008 8:26 AM PST

It's a vicious cycle with this OS having teeth to it's license...

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