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XP: Boot off a memory card? Thumb drive?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by FrankEdwards, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. FrankEdwards

    FrankEdwards Flightless Bird

    Is this easily done? Just configure the bios to boot of that external
    device and should it work? Do I need special drivers for the boot device?
     
  2. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    You may INSTALL XP FROM an external device IF the motherboard supports
    booting from it. XP doesn't support RUNNING from an external drive if
    that's what you are asking.

    FrankEdwards wrote:

    > Is this easily done? Just configure the bios to boot of that external
    > device and should it work? Do I need special drivers for the boot device?
     
  3. smlunatick

    smlunatick Flightless Bird

    Re: XP: Boot off a memory card? Thumb drive?

    On Apr 27, 1:52 pm, FrankEdwards <n...@frank.here> wrote:
    > Is this easily done?  Just configure the bios to boot of that external  
    > device and should it work?  Do I need special drivers for the boot device?


    PC will boot off a USB flash / hard drive but only if it it not a
    Windows XP.
     
  4. FrankEdwards

    FrankEdwards Flightless Bird

    I said boot. I meant boot. :) Running an OS off a USB device would have
    horrible performance I would think, wouldn't it? We're talking USB 2 here
    not USB 3. USB 3 will be a different matter. That will really change a
    lot of interconnectivity issues.

    > You may INSTALL XP FROM an external device IF the motherboard supports
    > booting from it. XP doesn't support RUNNING from an external drive if
    > that's what you are asking.


    >> Is this easily done? Just configure the bios to boot of that external
    >> device and should it work? Do I need special drivers for the boot
    >> device?
     
  5. FrankEdwards

    FrankEdwards Flightless Bird

    Re: XP: Boot off a memory card? Thumb drive?

    >> Is this easily done? Just configure the bios to boot of that external
    >> device and should it work? Do I need special drivers for the boot
    >> device?

    >
    > PC will boot off a USB flash / hard drive but only if it it not a
    > Windows XP.


    What? Can you try that again? (Proof reading works.)
     
  6. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Only if you can make it(XP) believe the device in question is NOT
    Removable/External.

    FrankEdwards wrote:
    > I said boot. I meant boot. :) Running an OS off a USB device would
    > have horrible performance I would think, wouldn't it? We're talking
    > USB 2 here not USB 3. USB 3 will be a different matter. That will
    > really change a lot of interconnectivity issues.
    >
    >> You may INSTALL XP FROM an external device IF the motherboard
    >> supports booting from it. XP doesn't support RUNNING from an external
    >> drive if that's what you are asking.

    >
    >
    >>> Is this easily done? Just configure the bios to boot of that
    >>> external device and should it work? Do I need special drivers for
    >>> the boot device?
     
  7. smlunatick

    smlunatick Flightless Bird

    Re: XP: Boot off a memory card? Thumb drive?

    On Apr 27, 5:35 pm, FrankEdwards <n...@frank.here> wrote:
    > >> Is this easily done?  Just configure the bios to boot of that external  
    > >> device and should it work?  Do I need special drivers for the boot  
    > >> device?

    >
    > > PC will boot off a USB flash / hard drive but only if it it not a
    > > Windows XP.

    >
    > What?  Can you try that again?  (Proof reading works.)


    You can get most standard PCs to boot off a USB hard drive only if the
    drive is not boot a Windows directly. Microsoft has purposely made
    most Windows to not permit to boot off a USB device. Their only
    exceptions are USB floppy drive access for additional drivers and USB
    CD / DVD drives for the "true" Windows install disks.

    Several other operating systems (aka Linux) can directly boot up from
    a USB drive. And some "ingenious" Windows users have been known to be
    successful in "cloning" a valid XP onto a USB drive and got it to boot.
     
  8. Tim Rude

    Tim Rude Flightless Bird

    Re: Boot off a memory card? Thumb drive?

    Have a look here:

    http://www.ubcd4win.com

    This project, based on BartPE, allows you to boot a PE version of XP from a
    CD, DVD, or USB (if your BIOS supports it). There are some limitations as to
    what you can do with the PE version of XP, but for most things it works
    pretty well.

    "FrankEdwards" <no@frank.here> wrote in message
    news:eek:p.vbtp45tiq6rutr@----------.wp.shawcable.net...
    > Is this easily done? Just configure the bios to boot of that external
    > device and should it work? Do I need special drivers for the boot device?
     
  9. Bernd

    Bernd Flightless Bird

  10. FrankEdwards

    FrankEdwards Flightless Bird

    Re: XP: Boot off a memory card? Thumb drive?

    Upon rereading this I think I may have used the wrong wording. To
    clarify, I want to install WinXP from a USB drive or another Sata drive.
    When I said "Boot off" I should have said "Boot and Install off a memory
    card". I'm pretty sure most Bioses these days allow one to boot of a USB
    external device, right?
     
  11. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Re: XP: Boot off a memory card? Thumb drive?

    You will need to set it to Boot from USB if it isn't already set. See
    below for install methods

    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source...=&oq=install+XP+&gs_rfai=&fp=2edb0d09f429b650

    FrankEdwards wrote:

    > Upon rereading this I think I may have used the wrong wording. To
    > clarify, I want to install WinXP from a USB drive or another Sata
    > drive. When I said "Boot off" I should have said "Boot and Install off
    > a memory card". I'm pretty sure most Bioses these days allow one to
    > boot of a USB external device, right?
     

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