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Booting from External Enclosure.

By Hypochondriac
Nov 24, 2007
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  1. I want to be able to boot off a drive in an external enclosure. That way if the internal dies I can still use external until i get a replacement. I used a utility to copy all the files from the Internal to the external. The problem is when I try to boot from the external i get a stop 00007b error. I reformated the drive but still get that error. Any ideas how to fix it? Motherboard is a P4M80-M4. Enclosure is a nexttech. I belive the board allows you to boot off a usb. Thanks
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    how did you load the OS to the USB drive
    what OS are you trying to boot
    on boot MB should have option to boot from device press ??
    I think one one of my machines it's F9
  3. Hypochondriac

    Hypochondriac Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Os is XP used a backup utility it made a clone of the internal. I don't have to press a button It will say booting from Cd. Then it accessess the external. The windows logo shows but doesn't load i get the stop error. Safe mode doesn't help either
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    You cannot boot Windows from any USB device unless you do some very serious hacking.

    If you want a simple bootable extrernal option, get an eSATA encolusre instead.
  5. Hypochondriac

    Hypochondriac Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Thanks I was under the impression you can boot off a external drive if you made a clone of the internal. Thanks for clearing that up.
  6. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    nope (ECho on)
    must have the usb set to be bootable from install time
    or can try the recovery disk method to try and fix the HAL error
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