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Formatting a HDD and Installing XP through an enclosure

by ramosdelpalo9 / February 9, 2009 10:33 AM PST

I have a HP laptop with Vista (sadly). Recently I bought an enclosure. I used it to back up data from a HDD with XP. After that, I formatted the HDD completely (no Quick Format) and it went sucessfully.

Now my question is: can I install XP in that HDD using the enclosure?
And how?

I tried to boot from that formatted HDD, but it tells that the file BOOTMGR is missing, then say that I have to restart it. What is that file for and why is it necessary? And if the HDD had that file, can I boot from that HDD?

Remember, I want to know if all that can be done using the enclosure.


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It's not supported by any one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 9, 2009 10:40 AM PST
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Install it anyway...
by ramosdelpalo9 / February 9, 2009 8:07 PM PST

But I can install an OS on the completely formatted HDD if it is in the desktop??

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I'll have to write "you changed the question."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 9, 2009 10:29 PM PST
In reply to: Install it anyway...

Let's say you put a hard disk in this desktop and connect it with USB. Same issue for WINDOWS!

But your new question is "But I can install an OS on the completely formatted HDD if it is in the desktop??"

Which I'll rewrite to:

Q: Can I install WINDOWS to it if I connect it to my IDE ports?
A: Most people can do that.

Q: And then can I put it in my USB drive and boot/use Windows from USB?
A: No. You have to use the links I supplied in my first reply.

Please try to ask questions with all the detail.

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