How to install and boot Windows on an external (USB) hard drive

By nobardin
Nov 20, 2008
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  1. stealthmode

    stealthmode Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    Okay, I wish you luck, and any difference from the tutorial and stop and let me know, it has to be word and picture identical all the way
  2. klokluider

    klokluider Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    you say i have to format the disk using hp but your pdf says format with pe2usb.
  3. stealthmode

    stealthmode Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    Took a while for this reply, have to sleep at times, an annoying habit I know.
    You will be fine with what I said in the tutorial, my mind may have wandered on this, so many types of drives and USB HDD's I use to do this.
    So allow the PeToUSB to format your drive, this is 100% okay and don't bother with the HP format utility.
  4. klokluider

    klokluider Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    It is annoying because sometimes we wish the things to be solved earlier or yesterday. :haha:

    Anyway i've formatted the usb stick, have my original image of the disk and the three files and the floppy drive disconnected.
  5. stealthmode

    stealthmode Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    Okay, follow the instructions, not hard, just takes a while, i'm out for the day so good luck. just remember to boot to the USB drive when you have to re-boot after the install starts. The usb drive is just like the cd so when you are installing remember to format the drive when windows asks on the c: drive as ntfs and only use quick format then the file copying will begin. only when the desktop appears do you then allow the boot from the hard-drive, until then always boot to the usb drive. keep the usb stick in all the way. all the best. I think it needs to boot to it about three times.
  6. klokluider

    klokluider Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    I tried it, but the computer gives me again the BSOD 7B. The usb stick is booting, i even tried the ultimate boot CD on usb which also boot from the USB stick and works.

    Why does the installation of xp doesnot work and doe i receive this BSOD all the time?:confused:
  7. stealthmode

    stealthmode Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    just got home, at what point does the BSOD come on you? Do you get anywhere with the USB on the start of installation?
  8. stealthmode

    stealthmode Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    Also did you get the XP CD onto the pen drive/USB?
    You may also need to copy a driver onto floppy to get it to install along with the installation. You have another comp there that you used to copy the files to the usb drive, so you need to take the HDD out of the dell and connect it to your working pc as a slave, then look at the HDD as a slave and see what it shows. It might be the Dell needs needs a driver. Also you can re-set the BIOS of the Dell by removing the battery for a bit then putting it back in. This will clear the CMOS held in the Dells ROM chip. Then on re-boot enter the Dell configuration and re-configure the motherboard. get back when all this checks out. If the PC's in front of me all this I do in minutes as process of elimination but don't give up.
  9. klokluider

    klokluider Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    the BSOD arrives after setup loads fat and NFTS system them the splashscreen (black) comes up which should display the logo of winxp but we don't reach that point. before that we get the BSOD. I notice that the system is being checked, keyboard lights flicker HDD lights flicker and the at one time usb light flickers and after a short whil the BSOD comes up.

    i did remove the battery already. Did not work. I wil try the suggestion with the other computer tomorrow.

    I don't give up the pc's should be ones for my kids.

    thx have a good sleep and i will let you know tomorrow
  10. stealthmode

    stealthmode Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    You are using an original XP hologram CD? Not an image?
  11. klokluider

    klokluider Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    i already mentioned that i made an image of my original hologrammed windows CD. The CD itself doesn't work anymore. (i previous succesfully installed a laptop with this image)

    Do you think that causes the BSOD?
  12. stealthmode

    stealthmode Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    Only problems people have, myself included as I said in the tutorial is this, and yes, I also have installed loads of CD Images to HDD's but the way this is done with the little dos programs, it throws error messages and never seems to work. You can install the OS by actually using the HDD in your working comp and treat it like a new hard-drive,(disconnect the one in just now), then take it out after this and put it back in the dell, it will scream for drivers but normally works and you can hook to the net and update the drivers. This is another way we install OS's but again not always sucessful.
  13. klokluider

    klokluider Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    I had een old computer, which works fine, which should do the benchmark. However it had een old BIOS and didnot recognised the usb stick. I downloaded the update usb from the manufactor and performed the update. During this proces the BIOS was cleared and the rewrite begon. then Murphy came along and the update hangs. Now this computer isn't responding to anything.

    i'm trying to install via CD in your alternative method
     
  14. stealthmode

    stealthmode Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    I remember years ago when I started out back in the days of only dos and no GUI the nightmares I used to have as my teachers back then were like myself and it was all new territory to us so the problems I encountered were immese. Nowadays I find so many ways round systems I don't think about it, but I never tried to do it over the net in a forum.
    You can clear the CMOS by either switching the CMOS jumper or sometimes it's just a little two points of solder you short out which will have the words Clear CMOS or just CMOS where present day they are an actual jumper switch.
    I'm glad you are not giving up as over the years I learnt there is more ways to skin a cat than the prefered way.
    Another thing I'm going to throw into the equation is DELL are notorius for building systems that have hidden parts with data in them, or other times I've removed pci slot cards and the system has crashed or refused to boot.
    As to the microsoft CD codes I'll make them available one day. The problem with the original is it writes a file on installation that then gets checked against the code and this is not entered when a copy or image is taken simply because the person doesn't know they have to name the CD copy with the exact code which then tells the installation file the CD is original
  15. klokluider

    klokluider Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    The alternative method worked. As soon the installation via CD with the dell HDD installed in the other computer i shut down and put the HDD back in the dell pc. I'm going to download the actual drivers for the GX260 put them on usb and install them. Will let you know.

    i will try to rewrite the BIOS with an EPROM programmer. This will take a while because i have to get my programmer back.

    The the usb installation bothers me and is an item i would like to solve.

    I have 3 pc's to go

    result of finished pc tomorrow evening
  16. stealthmode

    stealthmode Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    Now your thinking outside the box, good luck
  17. klokluider

    klokluider Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    Okay, HDD 1 is finished. I downloaded the drivers and replaced the windows ones. Computer runs like a charrme and everything seems to work.

    After i was finished i plugged the second HDD in and formatted this one and now i'm tryig a full copy and plug it in the second pc.

    Als i've received an dell xp.iso so i can try to use this file. I'm interested if i receive the bsod as well with this version.

    for now....
  18. stealthmode

    stealthmode Newcomer, in training Posts: 28

    worth a try, i've spent years trying different images and commonly they go wrong. never have a problem with the original CD. Quite simply MS don't want you loading images on different PC's, hence one disc per Computer. Your problem is different to the EeePC and a more easy install by loading the HDD and putting it back into the original it came out of.
  19. klokluider

    klokluider Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    I finished coping the HDD using acronis full cone with the HDD from the other pc connected via usb. this procedure took for all HDD 10 minutes. Every maschine was tested and functioned.

    So we stick with te original problem to install XP via USB. The DELL oem version gave the same error.
  20. slacky1230

    slacky1230 Newcomer, in training

    alright guys

    Great 1st post explaining how to edit all the files etc

    but ive got a problem done every thing as it said burnt the image to a cd then tried to install but get this error message

    The following value in the .SIF file used by setup is corrupted or missing

    Value 1 on the line in section [BusExtenders] with key 'usbstor'

    i've had a look at the txtsetup.sif file but cant seem to find any thing under busextenders with usbstor and checked and seems ive done every thing that was said to do in the instructions

    any one else have any ideas?
  21. klokluider

    klokluider Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    I changed edited the lines also, but i was never able to see this error because i got the BSOD.

    Maybe you could post the txtsetup.sif so we can check/compare.
  22. slacky1230

    slacky1230 Newcomer, in training

    ive uploaded al the files ive edited if some one could go over and check them please

    Attached Files:

  23. slacky1230

    slacky1230 Newcomer, in training

    now im getting line 0 in usbboot is currupt setup cannot continue
  24. klokluider

    klokluider Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    you copied the files to a wrong place. You placed them in busextenders.load in stead of bootbusextenders.load
  25. klokluider

    klokluider Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    @slack 1230:

    i uploaded your changed sif file

    Attached Files:



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