WinXP not recognizing my Hardware

By Andros_Forever
Jun 10, 2008
  1. Hello everyone, I have recently installed WinXP on my USB Hard Drive with the great help of forum member nobardin. I manage to boot from the USB Hard Drive with WinXP instead of Vista. The problem is that WinXP does not recognize my Internal Hard Drive as being there. The only drive recognized is the USB Hard Drive itself, named C:. Also much of my hardware is not functioning properly, such as my Sound Card, Video Card, and most imporntatly my Network Card. In the Device Manager these icons have yellow "?" Icons next to them, as well as many other items. I am not very practical with new OS installations on USB Hard Drives, what can I do to fix this?
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Not much. You need chipsets, and about 15 other drivers... which are very sizeable, and difficult to install without a motherboard.
  3. Spyder_1386

    Spyder_1386 TS Rookie Posts: 498

    Hey Andros_Forever

    Just a few questions.... Firstly, why do you have Windows XP installed on your external hard drive but Vista on your internal one? Secondly, is the internal hard drive a Serial ATA disk or an IDE one? Thirdly, why do you have an operating system installed on an external hard drive in the first place?

    Spyder_1386 :)
  4. Andros_Forever

    Andros_Forever TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Spyder_1386 I will indulge your curiosity: I have installed Windows XP on my USB hard drive to boot from XP and have an operatijng system that has better performance with games. Internal hard drive is IDE I believe. And raybay what do you mean difficult to install without a motherboard? My motherboard still runs the PC when I boot from my USB Hard drive.
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