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USB 2.0 EXTERNAL HD.

by goodtennis / May 2, 2005 11:41 PM PDT

Running WinXP Home Ed., P4, 3 Ghz on Desktop. Purchased an external usb 2.0 HD. Put an OS on it. Want to boot to it. No can do. The BIOS supports a boot sequence to a USB HD. The drive appears in My Computer and the Disk Management utility in Win XP. Will only boot to original C drive. Are these drives designed for storage only? Any advice appreciated.

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While the hardware is willing, the OS is not.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2005 11:54 PM PDT
In reply to: USB 2.0 EXTERNAL HD.

Windows XP (the OS) doesn't boot from USB or Firewire today.

It's a Microsoft thing (decision.)

Bob

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external usb HD
by goodtennis / May 2, 2005 11:59 PM PDT

Thanks a million Bob. It's great to finally have this problem solved. No one around here (Omaha) knew this. Another quick question. Does Win ME have the capability to boot to a usb external drive?
Thanks again.
Dave Goodman

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(NT) Not Windows ME either.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 3, 2005 12:19 AM PDT
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