Booting Widows XP from USB Drive



Abbas
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
Hi Folks,
Is it possible to install Windows (XP/2000/98) on usb Drive., in other words
can I boot My windows Os from USB drive, (My Bios allows booting from USB)...
Is it possible if yes plz give me detailed answer,,,

also what is the min storage requirement for windows XP on USB..

Waiting for your reply...

Bye..

Mark Dormer
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
It is not supported by Microsoft, yet.
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/usb-boot.mspx

Linux or DOS will boot

Windows XP needs about 1.5 GB whether you have it on USB or IDE or whatever.

I saw a claim that if you pulled the IDE hard disk out of the USB enclosure,
put it in a a PC attached to the IDE bus and then installed windows, you
could put it back into the USB enclosure and boot from it. I can't verify
that. Might give it a try next weekend.


Regards
Mark Dormer


"Abbas" <Abbas@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:339AC446-0C6B-44D1-A20A-742D63392514@microsoft.com...
> Hi Folks,
> Is it possible to install Windows (XP/2000/98) on usb Drive., in other
> words
> can I boot My windows Os from USB drive, (My Bios allows booting from
> USB)...
> Is it possible if yes plz give me detailed answer,,,
>
> also what is the min storage requirement for windows XP on USB..
>
> Waiting for your reply...
>
> Bye..

WM
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
It will fail - as the boot device will have moved from the IDE bus back to
the USB bus. Windows doesn't support booting from the USB bus. WinPE,
however, will work - in it's latest incarnation.

Bear in mind given the limited number of writes allowed on a flash drive,
Windows on a flash drive is a bit of device torture...

"Mark Dormer" <markd@mvpsx.org> wrote in message
news:e4iMZvfYFHA.3188@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> It is not supported by Microsoft, yet.
> http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/usb-boot.mspx
>
> Linux or DOS will boot
>
> Windows XP needs about 1.5 GB whether you have it on USB or IDE or
> whatever.
>
> I saw a claim that if you pulled the IDE hard disk out of the USB
> enclosure, put it in a a PC attached to the IDE bus and then installed
> windows, you could put it back into the USB enclosure and boot from it. I
> can't verify that. Might give it a try next weekend.
>
>
> Regards
> Mark Dormer
>
>
> "Abbas" <Abbas@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:339AC446-0C6B-44D1-A20A-742D63392514@microsoft.com...
>> Hi Folks,
>> Is it possible to install Windows (XP/2000/98) on usb Drive., in other
>> words
>> can I boot My windows Os from USB drive, (My Bios allows booting from
>> USB)...
>> Is it possible if yes plz give me detailed answer,,,
>>
>> also what is the min storage requirement for windows XP on USB..
>>
>> Waiting for your reply...
>>
>> Bye..
>
>

Carey Frisch [MVP]
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
Windows XP can only be installed on an internal drive,
not an external USB drive.

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

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"Abbas" wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> Is it possible to install Windows (XP/2000/98) on usb Drive., in other words
> can I boot My windows Os from USB drive, (My Bios allows booting from USB)...
> Is it possible if yes plz give me detailed answer,,,
>
> also what is the min storage requirement for windows XP on USB..
>
> Waiting for your reply...
>
> Bye..


Booting Widows XP from USB Drive