installing xp pro to external drive


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off2fla

can I install my xp pro to an external usb 80 gig hard
drive? I had a crash recently and the tech said I should
do this so I caould still work on my computer whild drive
is being replaced.
 
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Carey Frisch [MVP]

As I mentioned in your first post:

Windows XP can only be installed on an internal drive.
You may wish to find a new "tech".

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Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

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| can I install my xp pro to an external usb 80 gig hard
| drive? I had a crash recently and the tech said I should
| do this so I caould still work on my computer whild drive
| is being replaced.
 
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Shenan Stanley

off2fla said:
can I install my xp pro to an external usb 80 gig hard
drive? I had a crash recently and the tech said I should
do this so I caould still work on my computer whild drive
is being replaced.

I hope you did not pay this "tech" any money - because installing Windows XP
on an external USB hard drive cannot be done.
 
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Shenan Stanley

off2fla said:
can I install my xp pro to an external usb 80 gig hard
drive? I had a crash recently and the tech said I should
do this so I caould still work on my computer whild drive
is being replaced.


Shenan said:
I hope you did not pay this "tech" any money - because installing
Windows XP on an external USB hard drive cannot be done.

If *you* misphrased and meant the tech told you to backup your data files
and such to the external drive - you CAN do this - usually just by copying
it over.
 
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Guest

No I didnt, it was a guy contracted by Dell that just
showed up installed the HD and left saying "good luck"
after telling me what I said above....
How about at least using the external HD for backing up
data so if it happens again I can be up and running
quickly with no information loss
 
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Shenan Stanley

anonymous said:
No I didnt, it was a guy contracted by Dell that just
showed up installed the HD and left saying "good luck"
after telling me what I said above....
How about at least using the external HD for backing up
data so if it happens again I can be up and running
quickly with no information loss

Well, you can backup to any external media you want.. DVD, USB drive, USB
thumb drive, a networked PC, tape drive, CD, etc... So yes. Copy your
stuff where-ever you want or use an application like Ghost to image the
entire system on occassion if you are so inclined.
 
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