windows xp on an external hard drive



googen
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
is it possible to install windows xp on an external usb hard disk? when i
tried to do so by booting the windows xp cd, it said that it could not
communicate with the drive i selected and that i might need special software
to do so.

Carey Frisch [MVP]
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
Windows XP cannot be installed on an external drive,
only an internal drive. External drives are designed for
file storage and backups only.

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User
Microsoft Newsgroups

Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx

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"googen" wrote:

| is it possible to install windows xp on an external usb hard disk? when i
| tried to do so by booting the windows xp cd, it said that it could not
| communicate with the drive i selected and that i might need special software
| to do so.

Ted Zieglar
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
"is it possible to install windows xp on an external usb hard disk?"
No.

--
Ted Zieglar
"You can do it if you try." - but not in this case.

"googen" <googen@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:EF3A8BBC-DC15-4376-8494-F045A9C69CDD@microsoft.com...
> is it possible to install windows xp on an external usb hard disk? when i
> tried to do so by booting the windows xp cd, it said that it could not
> communicate with the drive i selected and that i might need special
software
> to do so.

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
It can't be done!

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"googen" <googen@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:EF3A8BBC-DC15-4376-8494-F045A9C69CDD@microsoft.com...
> is it possible to install windows xp on an external usb hard disk? when i
> tried to do so by booting the windows xp cd, it said that it could not
> communicate with the drive i selected and that i might need special
> software
> to do so.

Pavel A.
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
Get a SATA disk...
--PA

"googen" <googen@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:EF3A8BBC-DC15-4376-8494-F045A9C69CDD@microsoft.com...
> is it possible to install windows xp on an external usb hard disk? when i
> tried to do so by booting the windows xp cd, it said that it could not
> communicate with the drive i selected and that i might need special software
> to do so.

Yves Leclerc
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
Not completely true! I believe that only two types of "external" drives can
be used. External SATA and SCSI drives can be set up as "boot" drives
since they will behave as internal drives.


"Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
news:%23uxdch%23WFHA.2348@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> Windows XP cannot be installed on an external drive,
> only an internal drive. External drives are designed for
> file storage and backups only.
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
> Microsoft Newsgroups
>
> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> "googen" wrote:
>
> | is it possible to install windows xp on an external usb hard disk? when
> i
> | tried to do so by booting the windows xp cd, it said that it could not
> | communicate with the drive i selected and that i might need special
> software
> | to do so.

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
Have you done it - or do you only believe it can be done?

I have not found an external drive yet that will allow you to install and
boot Windows XP. As the necessary drivers needed during the very early
stages of the boot process have yet to be installed, any necessary drivers
needed for the hardware would have to be permanently encoded in silicon on
the M/B or on the drive itself.

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"Yves Leclerc" <yleclercNOSPAM@maysys.com> wrote in message
news:%23a2flnHXFHA.3864@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> Not completely true! I believe that only two types of "external" drives
> can be used. External SATA and SCSI drives can be set up as "boot"
> drives since they will behave as internal drives.
>
>
> "Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
> news:%23uxdch%23WFHA.2348@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> Windows XP cannot be installed on an external drive,
>> only an internal drive. External drives are designed for
>> file storage and backups only.
>>
>> --
>> Carey Frisch
>> Microsoft MVP
>> Windows XP - Shell/User
>> Microsoft Newsgroups
>>
>> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
>> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
>>
>> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> "googen" wrote:
>>
>> | is it possible to install windows xp on an external usb hard disk? when
>> i
>> | tried to do so by booting the windows xp cd, it said that it could not
>> | communicate with the drive i selected and that i might need special
>> software
>> | to do so.
>
>

Ted Zieglar
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
Like Richard, I would also be surprised to learn that Windows, and
especially XP, can be installed to an external drive. It seems to me that
such a thing wouldn't be good for Microsoft's bottom line.
--
Ted Zieglar
"You can do it if you try."

"Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:OU7a9MIXFHA.3448@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Have you done it - or do you only believe it can be done?
>
> I have not found an external drive yet that will allow you to install and
> boot Windows XP. As the necessary drivers needed during the very early
> stages of the boot process have yet to be installed, any necessary drivers
> needed for the hardware would have to be permanently encoded in silicon on
> the M/B or on the drive itself.
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Richard Urban
>
> aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
>
> If you knew as much as you think you know,
> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
>
>
> "Yves Leclerc" <yleclercNOSPAM@maysys.com> wrote in message
> news:%23a2flnHXFHA.3864@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> > Not completely true! I believe that only two types of "external" drives
> > can be used. External SATA and SCSI drives can be set up as "boot"
> > drives since they will behave as internal drives.
> >
> >
> > "Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
> > news:%23uxdch%23WFHA.2348@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> >> Windows XP cannot be installed on an external drive,
> >> only an internal drive. External drives are designed for
> >> file storage and backups only.
> >>
> >> --
> >> Carey Frisch
> >> Microsoft MVP
> >> Windows XP - Shell/User
> >> Microsoft Newsgroups
> >>
> >> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
> >> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
> >>
>
>> -------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------
> >>
> >> "googen" wrote:
> >>
> >> | is it possible to install windows xp on an external usb hard disk?
when
> >> i
> >> | tried to do so by booting the windows xp cd, it said that it could
not
> >> | communicate with the drive i selected and that i might need special
> >> software
> >> | to do so.
> >
> >
>
>

Bob I
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
I believe that Yves meant that those two types could be "mounted"
externally but can be "accessed" as they were internal. There is nothing
that prevent one from having an IDE drive outside the PC case and
"calling" it an "External drive" either, but the "connections" are still
internal as would be with the SATA and SCSI drives Yves mentioned. Fine
point but theoretically correct.

Richard Urban wrote:

> Have you done it - or do you only believe it can be done?
>
> I have not found an external drive yet that will allow you to install and
> boot Windows XP. As the necessary drivers needed during the very early
> stages of the boot process have yet to be installed, any necessary drivers
> needed for the hardware would have to be permanently encoded in silicon on
> the M/B or on the drive itself.
>

> Regards, Richard Urban aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-) If you knew as
> much as you think you know, You would realize that you don't know what
> you thought you knew!

> "Yves Leclerc" <yleclercNOSPAM@maysys.com> wrote in message
> news:%23a2flnHXFHA.3864@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...

>> Not completely true! I believe that only two types of "external"
drives
>> can be used. External SATA and SCSI drives can be set up as "boot"
>> drives since they will behave as internal drives.
>>
>>
>> "Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:%23uxdch%23WFHA.2348@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>
>>>> Windows XP cannot be installed on an external drive,
>>>> only an internal drive. External drives are designed for
>>>> file storage and backups only.
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Carey Frisch
>>>> Microsoft MVP
>>>> Windows XP - Shell/User
>>>> Microsoft Newsgroups
>>>>
>>>> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
>>>> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
>>>>
>>>>
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>>>>
>>>> "googen" wrote:
>>>>
>>>> | is it possible to install windows xp on an external usb hard
disk? when
>>>> i
>>>> | tried to do so by booting the windows xp cd, it said that it
could not
>>>> | communicate with the drive i selected and that i might need special
>>>> software
>>>> | to do so.
>
>>
>>

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
There you go! Why would they want to allow people to have one hard drive
that they could use between 4 or 5 computers. It would not be a good
business decision to do that!

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"Ted Zieglar" <teddyz@notmail.com> wrote in message
news:uvrX8mIXFHA.2076@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> Like Richard, I would also be surprised to learn that Windows, and
> especially XP, can be installed to an external drive. It seems to me that
> such a thing wouldn't be good for Microsoft's bottom line.
> --
> Ted Zieglar
> "You can do it if you try."
>
> "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:OU7a9MIXFHA.3448@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>> Have you done it - or do you only believe it can be done?
>>
>> I have not found an external drive yet that will allow you to install and
>> boot Windows XP. As the necessary drivers needed during the very early
>> stages of the boot process have yet to be installed, any necessary
>> drivers
>> needed for the hardware would have to be permanently encoded in silicon
>> on
>> the M/B or on the drive itself.
>>
>> --
>> Regards,
>>
>> Richard Urban
>>
>> aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
>>
>> If you knew as much as you think you know,
>> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
>>
>>
>> "Yves Leclerc" <yleclercNOSPAM@maysys.com> wrote in message
>> news:%23a2flnHXFHA.3864@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>> > Not completely true! I believe that only two types of "external"
>> > drives
>> > can be used. External SATA and SCSI drives can be set up as "boot"
>> > drives since they will behave as internal drives.
>> >
>> >
>> > "Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
>> > news:%23uxdch%23WFHA.2348@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> >> Windows XP cannot be installed on an external drive,
>> >> only an internal drive. External drives are designed for
>> >> file storage and backups only.
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >> Carey Frisch
>> >> Microsoft MVP
>> >> Windows XP - Shell/User
>> >> Microsoft Newsgroups
>> >>
>> >> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
>> >> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
>> >>
>>
>>> -------------------------------------------------------------------------
> ------------------
>> >>
>> >> "googen" wrote:
>> >>
>> >> | is it possible to install windows xp on an external usb hard disk?
> when
>> >> i
>> >> | tried to do so by booting the windows xp cd, it said that it could
> not
>> >> | communicate with the drive i selected and that i might need special
>> >> software
>> >> | to do so.
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
No, he did mention "boot drives"!

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"Bob I" <birelan@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:OUkGznIXFHA.1040@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>I believe that Yves meant that those two types could be "mounted"
>externally but can be "accessed" as they were internal. There is nothing
>that prevent one from having an IDE drive outside the PC case and "calling"
>it an "External drive" either, but the "connections" are still internal as
>would be with the SATA and SCSI drives Yves mentioned. Fine point but
>theoretically correct.
>
> Richard Urban wrote:
>
>> Have you done it - or do you only believe it can be done?
>>
>> I have not found an external drive yet that will allow you to install and
>> boot Windows XP. As the necessary drivers needed during the very early
>> stages of the boot process have yet to be installed, any necessary
>> drivers needed for the hardware would have to be permanently encoded in
>> silicon on the M/B or on the drive itself.
>>
>
> > Regards, Richard Urban aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-) If you knew as
> > much as you think you know, You would realize that you don't know what
> > you thought you knew!
>
> > "Yves Leclerc" <yleclercNOSPAM@maysys.com> wrote in message
> > news:%23a2flnHXFHA.3864@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>
> >> Not completely true! I believe that only two types of "external"
> drives
> >> can be used. External SATA and SCSI drives can be set up as "boot"
> >> drives since they will behave as internal drives.
> >>
> >>
> >> "Carey Frisch [MVP]" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
> >> news:%23uxdch%23WFHA.2348@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> >
> >>>> Windows XP cannot be installed on an external drive,
> >>>> only an internal drive. External drives are designed for
> >>>> file storage and backups only.
> >>>>
> >>>> --
> >>>> Carey Frisch
> >>>> Microsoft MVP
> >>>> Windows XP - Shell/User
> >>>> Microsoft Newsgroups
> >>>>
> >>>> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
> >>>> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
> >>>>
> >>>>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> >>>>
> >>>> "googen" wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> | is it possible to install windows xp on an external usb hard
> disk? when
> >>>> i
> >>>> | tried to do so by booting the windows xp cd, it said that it
> could not
> >>>> | communicate with the drive i selected and that i might need special
> >>>> software
> >>>> | to do so.
> >
> >>
> >>
>


windows xp on an external hard drive