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External Hard Disk Storage Strategy for Laptop/other PC

by jcat15 / February 28, 2009 3:30 AM PST

Is it it possible to configure an external HDD as the primary drive in the case of a HDD failure in a laptop?

The goal here in the case of a HDD failure in a laptop would be to have an external HDD with the operating system while the laptop HDD is converted to a slave drive and data recovery is attempted.

The external HDD could also serve as the storage for an image file for the laptop until a new laptop HDD is installed.

Any suggestions for a strategy for using an external HDD in this capacity? Thank you for your suggestions.

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Yes and no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2009 3:46 AM PST

Yes I can boot and run Linux from an external USB drive as the primary drive.

I just can't do that with Windows. It's not a feature Microsoft implemented.

"The external HDD could also serve as the storage for an image file for the laptop until a new laptop HDD is installed."

That's a bad idea. Where is the backup copy if this image has some error?

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Second Question on External HDD as primary
by jcat15 / March 1, 2009 1:35 AM PST
In reply to: Yes and no.

Thanks for the info on Windows and their support for an external USB HDD being a primary drive. According your information the Windows OS does not allow for this. Would the BIOS configuration also not allow for this?
Thanks, JCat15

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Can't answer that one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2009 1:47 AM PST

Booting from USB devices is a rather new trick for PCs. Remember the PC started in 1981 so I see the long road from there to here.

If you want better answers consider asking something like "Can my Dell Osmic 747 boot Linux Ubunty's latest version from USB CD and then install and run from my USB 192GB 2.0 hard disk?"

The devil is in the details.

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