QUOTE (calfared @ Jul 11 2011, 08:39 PM)
I want an external harddrive boot this laptop, just that, ie, load Windows and I was able to use as an internal harddrive. The external harddrive may be new.First dumb question -- after further reading I came back here to edit -- you ARE using a machine that DOES have a working, internally connected HDD, right? You don't mean to have taken the internal HDD out of machine that can't otherwise be repaired and THEN connecting either said disk via an enclosure OR some other external disk, DO YOU? If you are using a different machine and want to connect a USB device, then continue reading....
My apologies for not replying sooner. I wasn't sure who you were (I don't get any of those "drop-down" messages so I thought *you* were an *it*, if you know what I mean
). If I can assist you, it would be my pleasure. It's the least I can do to "pay it forward" for ALL the help I have received.
The main problem I had (once I finally bought a new HDD that would work correctly) was that my "old" XP copied to an external disk wasn't being *seen* by my new PC (at least, it still was "new" when I first began this thread
) and therefore would not boot XP from that device. As I understand it, even though the old PC had USB functionality, the use of "Pata" drives vs. "Sata" drives and the difference in motherboards and the all important "missing" drivers -- even the blessed MBR and/or PBR were different from one machine to the other -- were what was standing in the way of accomplishing the goal of getting XP copied to an external HDD connected via USB on a different machine.
I may have been here long enough to have written such a very long thread (that part's MY fault as I am a TERRIBLE poster), the truth of the matter is that, regarding what I've been trying
to do, I too am a "newbie". While I can't tell you *exactly* what you need to know, I'd be more than happy to help you through my tangled mess of a thread -- if that's OK with you. I'd start with Post #625
. It is pretty much where I started (or re-started with a NEW disk using old instructions) to copy my XP to an external HDD (no matter if using an internal HDD in an enclosure as your external HDD or not). There may be earlier links pointed to in posts from here to present, but the instructions remain the same (I was just trying them on different disks to make work what YOU want working).
QUOTE (SBernheart @ Jun 18 2011, 07:53 AM)
I initialized the new disk (which from now on I can use the old 465GB HDD's moniker since IT is now well out of the picture), partitioned and formatted it and finally, copied (NOT cloned) 40GB HDD directly to it (NOT from image). I was testing to see boot.ini choices, but was surprised when it went straight to XP splash screen. A split second later I got a BSOD and I had to power off.
After much checking, I realized that 40GB HDD's XP had a boot.ini that did not include the 30 second delay and, more importantly, without the second boot choice, "XP bootlog" (it is because of the "choices" screen jaclaz created for me that I am also able to "F8" my way to the next screen) I didn't have the opportunity to "disable the auto reboot blah, blah". I found the Notepad (of a boot.ini file) with the saved version I needed and applied to boot.ini to pause the BSOD. It was the "0x0000007B" error.
First things first though -- you should probably list your system, i.e., the brand of computer, type and size of internal and/or external HDDs, your XP version (if "Home" or "Pro", for ex., and if you have SP3 installed as this may
help at some point) and any other "pieces 'n parts" you may think might help the "smarter than me" people in this forum.
In the meantime, if you have any specific questions like, "How do I set USB registry permissions?", I can do a search to (hopefully) find posts like #625
that may help you, OK? Don't worry about your English either -- we're ALL foreign in this forum in one way, shape or form!
Please keep in mind when reading ANY post in my thread that until Post #169
, I didn't even understand that I could install my old disk in a new enclosure USB connected to my old machine (where the old disk had originally been internally installed) AND boot up the old PC with it -- so be forewarned. The thread is hard to get through (just like THIS post, I'm afraid
), but there IS a *wealth* of information to be had -- it's just the "sifting through it" part that's the headache. Hope this helps....