Setting external HDD as master drive?

By natedog102
Jun 8, 2008
  1. As the title says, I would like to have my computer boot the OS (Windows XP) off of the external drive. I travel between computers quite a bit, and I would really enjoy taking my HDD with me and use that to boot my OS. Is this possible?

    Thanks in advance,


    I have a 320 GB Seagate FreeAgent external HDD.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes and No !

    Well, you can install Windows to your external USB Hard Drive (requires the USB Drivers on bootup so forth).

    But if you plug it into another computer it won't start it.
    Because the Hardware will be totally different
    Therefore you'll need to take your computer with you as well (kind of defeating the purpose!)

    This is where laptops are good :)
  3. natedog102

    natedog102 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Alright.. Would you be so kind as to direct me to these USB drivers on start up? My other HDD (Which is IDE) is only 90 GB, so it'd be nice to use this one as my main one, considering the size difference. Thanks for the help!
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  5. natedog102

    natedog102 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    That's the thing... I have Pheonix AwardBios v6.00. This BIOS doesn't seem to be able to boot from USB. If this is the case, am I outta luck?
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes you are...
  7. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    you can buy 2 new identical motherboards, and have a computer running these motherboards at each of the 2 locations (or more) that you frequent. Then booting from USB should work, since its the motherboard alone that matters.
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