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xp on a mobile hard drive

by pbstarx24 / September 11, 2006 1:58 AM PDT

I want to know if it is possible to boot windows xp from a mobile hard drive? if it can how???

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(NT) (NT) No
by john_mcdoogle / September 11, 2006 2:19 AM PDT
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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2006 2:55 AM PDT

If you research this with google you find Linux can do this but not Windows.


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Yes you can boot xp on a removable hard drive
by ramarc / September 11, 2006 1:35 PM PDT
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One issue with BartPE is limited execution time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2006 1:43 PM PDT

"BartPE creates a mini OS, valid for 24 hours, to perform diagnostic recovery of lost files. The OS automatically reboots at the 24-hour mark"

As such it's not useful for many things.

The limitations are so many that I'm going to write...

"It's not XP"


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(NT) (NT) Ok, but thanks any ways
by pbstarx24 / September 11, 2006 11:20 PM PDT
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the poster asked if xp on a removable drive is possible
by ramarc / September 12, 2006 2:25 AM PDT

bartpe can do this. it's up to the poster to determine if it meets his/her specific needs.

btw, recent versions of bartpe remove the 24 hour limit and other restrictions.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 12, 2006 2:37 AM PDT

"Not surprisingly, BartPE has its share of drawbacks. The main one is lack of support from Microsoft. Should problems arise, you must rely on your own ingenuity or support from Internet community forums. Alternatively, you can try to contact Bart through his Web site, although you should first check the Frequently Asked Questions section."

Is this XP? Not in my view. And reading above plus more gives me the feeling it's just what it is, but not XP.


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Actually YES (and not Bart)...
by Edward ODaniel / September 12, 2006 4:29 AM PDT

but this may not be quite what you have in mind.

You will still only be able to get any use out of it on the same system (or an identical one) that it was installed in.

If you truely want an external HARD DRIVE, consider that the term "external" might be misleading. If the drive is outside but connected to the internal IDE, SATA or SCSI then you are not "external" as far as the Operating system is concerned. XP will NOT RUN from what it sees as a "removable drive" (won't even install to it) if that is the "mobile" drive refer to. Likewise "a removable drive" in an IDE caddy is not a "removable drive" as far as the operating system is concerned. I hope this clears this up for you.

If you want to go SATA this is what you want to look for:

For IDE look for something like this:

Most SCSI host adapters (including onboard) come complete with external port.

Again though it would only be useful on the original system installed to or on another EXACTLY like it.

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So it can boot of a flash card not a usb drive
by pbstarx24 / September 13, 2006 3:06 AM PDT

So it can only boot of a flash card not a usb drive.
thanx for the info

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Pay attention to where the card reader is connected.
by Edward ODaniel / September 13, 2006 4:56 AM PDT

It is an EIDE device and NOT a USB device.

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Legal concerns
by john_mcdoogle / September 13, 2006 3:55 AM PDT

I admit to not having gone through the XP EULA with a fine tooth comb or anything such as that, but this discussion has gotten me thinking that there very well could be some legal concerns for trying to install/run XP on a removable drive. Can't remember specifics, but I remember hearing some rumblings a couple of years back about Microsoft altering the EULA to prevent people from being able to use any of their products in an emulator on any other operating system.

Whether or not any of these setups would constitute a violation of that clause is unknown. I'm sure in Microsoft's mind, it would, but it might well go either way depending on the presiding judge in a lawsuit involving this issue.

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