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No "Boot using USB" on old laptop

By husamn
Sep 18, 2008
  1. laptop doesn't have this "boot using usb" thing.
    is there a way to enable this if it's possible to install windows os on an external hd?

    please I need help.
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I replied to a thread yesterday about that (Windows on external HDD) here: http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?p=662950

    But if you don't have USB boot in Bios, then you will need another boot device (like floppy or CD) to load the USB Dos drivers to then allow the USB drive to start

    I don't think it's worth it
     
  3. husamn

    husamn TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    why not worth it?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Because Ubuntu Live CDs which have an excellent bootable Operating System on them, already exist.

    And for you to create a boot CD (with Dos USB drivers) will be difficult
     
  5. husamn

    husamn TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    nah I want a Windows OS.

    "you will need another boot device (like floppy or CD) to load the USB Dos drivers to then allow the USB drive to start"

    where can I get the USB Dos drivers?
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Huh!
    My point exactly

    To locate the exact Dos USB drivers for your External HardDrive and then to create a bootable floppy (what revision of command.com is anyone's guess) and then add the driver files to config.sys then create an autoexec.bat file to actually run Windows Xp externally, I'd say is nearly impossible

    Good luck!
     
  7. husamn

    husamn TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    well i'm on a support forum, what do you expect?
    if I know where to get them...then why I made this thread?

    can anyone else help me please?

    .
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353


    I am supporting you !

    And I use to do Dos drivers on Boot CDs all the time
    After, I'd say 100 Boot CDs I've made, I'm telling you (from tens of years of computer support) that it is too difficult, without USB boot support in your BIOS
     
  9. husamn

    husamn TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    you're saying "it is too difficult" so it means it's possible.

    just tell me that you don't know how to do it...that's all.

    i'm sure there are others out there who know and can help.




    anyone one else please?
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    This is the file I used: http://hddguru.com/content/en/software/2006.02.09-USBASPI-MS-DOS-Driver/
    I had to check if there was an update, and there isn't it seems

    I used the same "Usbaspi.sys" years ago. To load USB drivers (that I had to source) for Old HardDrives connected via USB

    Mind you, I never made Windows Xp boot on External USB, because I thought it already boots on IDE or Sata (internally) and I once had Windows Xp on CD being a bootable working version (not a Setup version) and it faulted on different Hardwares, and was basically tiny compared to what PE enviroment (like BartPE) and Linux could do.

    You just need the Dos USB Boot files to go with it (and a lot of luck)
     
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