Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

Is it possible to boot from a external operating system.


  • Please log in to reply

#1
lifeofbrian

lifeofbrian

    New Member

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
Is it possible to boot from a external operating system?(windows xp sp2)I have taken the hard drive from inside my p.c. and put it in an external case.I set the jumpers for master(and i also tried no jumpers),and set the bios to boot first from external hdd,but all i get is ntldr missing,press ctrl+alt+del to reboot.I would love to sort this out,i am a musician and it would be great if i could just take the external hard drive round to another persons house and have all my music progs there.Am i wasting my time.PLEASE HELP! :)
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
hfcg

hfcg

    The hippie freak computer geek

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,496 posts
Hello, and welcome to Geeks To Go.
When Windows is installed on to a computer it generates a unique number.
This number is based on the hardware of the computer, as well as Windows itself.
When you change the hardware, Windows will not boot.
Changing the hardware would include; putting a different motherboard in, putting the hard drive in a different computer, or even making drastic changes to other hardware.
You can boot from a USB drive if the BIOS is set properly. In your case Windows is seeing a different hardware setup and will not boot.
  • 0

#3
Tyger

Tyger

    Member 2k

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,896 posts
You can't do that with Windows, for the reasons hfcg gave, but you can do it with Linux. You might want to check out Dyne:bolic Linux, which is on a CD, you download the image file and burn it to a CD. It was designed for musicians and DJs. There is also Musix Linux.
  • 0

#4
Ztruker

Ztruker

    Member 5k

  • Technician
  • 7,065 posts
You can boot from a external USB hard drive or flash drive, but Your BIOS must support booting from a USB device. If you meet this criteria then see this series of articles for information on how to do this:

http://www.informati...cleID=177102101

Also here: http://www.vandombur...-usb#disclaimer

The last link provided by Steve here: http://www.annoyance...xp/1176390597?s
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP