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External USB Hard Drive & dual boot O/S

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by nallalfc, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. nallalfc

    nallalfc Guest

    Hi need a little bit of advice if someone would be so kind.

    If I got a 500GB external USB HDD attached to a PC running Vista Premium would I be able to create a dual boot system by installing and running Winxp on the external drive.

    Thanks.
     
  2. rogeball

    rogeball Regular member

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    i've heard you can, but from what i hear its a pain in the ass but you have to make sure your computer will reconize the drive as a valid boot device. look in your motherboard manual. it may say something in there about that option. if it doesnt then im sorry but you probably cant
     
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  3. nallalfc

    nallalfc Guest

    Cheers for info.
     
  4. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    There are ways, but it requires being a dab hand with editing OS config files and possibly a bit of hex editing. me and my mates weren't able to achieve it, and we like to think we know what we're doing!
     
  5. nallalfc

    nallalfc Guest

    Thanks for reply, I think I may give the idea a miss, sounds alot more hastle than it's worth.
     
  6. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    Heh, for us it was more trouble than it was worth.
     
  7. nallalfc

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    Yea sounds like one of them jobs you think will take 5mins, and you're still at it 2 weeks later. :)
     
  8. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    yeah, we gave up after a week.
     

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