XP won't go on an external, movable drive. It wants to be attached directly to the motherboard or it's not going to install or run.
My old Alienware laptop running XP had it's internal HD junk out on me. I have a spare external HD that I was able to install linux on, but there are a lot of programs that I want to run since they are windows only. So I'm looking at somehow re-installing windows xp on my external hard drive as my Alienware is otherwise still good.
When I try putting in the XP recovery CD in my Alienware and trying to re-install, the windows setup loads fine until it comes to partitioning and installing. It won't let me install and gave me some message about having to be the default internal drive and contact my manufacturer if I have any further questions. As Alienware was bought out by Dell, I get horrible customer support from someone who can barely speak english and didn't resolve anything with them.
Is there something I have to do in BIOS to enable my computer to be able to install this. I've changed the external HD to my default HD and the setup recogonizes it just fine, it just won't let me install. As I've said, I didn't have any problem installing Linux this way.
I do have my wife's computer available to me which is running vista if there is a way to install xp on the external HD from that computer too.
Thanks for the help guys.