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masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#1 12 years ago

Is it possible to boot an OS (in this case XP) off an external harddrive?

I'm running Xubuntu 6.06 on my laptop, and need all of its harddrive space for work, plus, I don't want to have to go through an XP installation just to make a small partition for games. So, and option would be to buy a small external harddrive (10 or 20gb) and use that for games.

What do you think?




marvinmatthew

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#2 12 years ago

I don't think that XP will boot of an external HD.




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#3 12 years ago

Erm, looks like the forum hiccup just deleted half this thread. :lookaround:

For posterity/clarification, no you can't boot off an external USB hard drive, because some genius at MS saw fit to instruct the bootloader to reset the USB controller before loading Windows. If you use an e-SATA drive, however, you *should* have no problems.




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#4 12 years ago

If you got enough ram you can run a virtual xp machine inside of linux :) Just a thought




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#5 12 years ago

What was that first word you said? Exactly. Windows eats too much to boot linux then XP.




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#6 12 years ago
AceGunnerIf you got enough ram you can run a virtual xp machine inside of linux :) Just a thought

Yep. We've done so quite a few times in the college computer labs. RAM is the key, though. You don't want to go running an XP VM with only 256mb of the stuff...

However, he needs XP for gaming. Virtual machines are near enough incapable of any 3D acceleration whatsoever, so it wouldn't be much use to him. ;)




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#7 12 years ago

Indeed. For gaming a virtual machine isn't a viable option.

What is a forum 'hickup' and why does it happen?




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#8 12 years ago

Everything has at least one major flaw (many things have more than one). This is one of them for a forum, I don't know the answer to 'what?' one is though. Or exactly 'why' it happens, I just take it for "it's too late and I can't do a thing about it".




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#9 12 years ago

I guess you guys missed it, but I believe that it is possible to boot an OS off a USB drive. Given things such as http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/09/09/windows_in_your_pocket/




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#10 12 years ago

Ah, I'd forgotten about BartPE. (I was using it only a few days ago - d'oh!)

However I wouldn't recommend using it for gaming as at best it provides a minimal system with nothing but the bare XP essentials installed - and I'm willing to bet that those essentials won't include DirectX. :p

Still, handy for virus recovery, secure browsing and such.

Oh, and @marvin: The forum database screwed up and thus giz and crew were forced to revert to a backup from the previous day - see here.




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