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Booting from an external hard drive

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Wondering if you lovely people might be able to help me.

My old business desk top refuses to start up so I bought an external hard drive docking station so I could take out the desktop's hard drive to use with my lap top.

The lap top finds the 2nd hard drive on the USB, but I have a problem in that my documents on this drive are password protected on my windows account on that drive so I can't access them. I can't get the laptop to boot from this external hard drive- in the BIOS setup there is no option to boot from USB as such (floppy, CD or hard drive are the options) although there is a check box for USB mass storage device it didn't seem to help.

So, two questions really- is there a way I can boot from the windows XP installed on the external drive? Or is there a way I can put my windows password in to unlock my documents that are on the external drive?

All help much appreciated!!!

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You won't boot from that drive if there is nothing in the bios to allow it. Plus all the drivers will be messed up for it.

Try this.
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Hi, I presume your are using XP pro ?...If you or anyone else is using XP home edition try this link....

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