Ping Brian..USB Hard Drive Question

Discussion in 'Texas Bikers' started by redshad, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. redshad

    redshad Guest

    I am trying to set up my computer to boot off of a USB drive. I have
    Maxtor hard drives and I went and bought the external enclosures to
    make them into USB drives. I set my BIOS to boot first off of the USB
    HDD, second boot to CD ROM and third boot to floppy. MY hard drive was
    already loaded with Windows XP Pro with service pack 1. I hooked it up
    to my computer, turned it on and it would start to boot and then the
    computer would re-boot itself. It did this about 10 times in a row so I
    decided to put in the Windows XP cd and reformat the drive thinking
    maybe if i reloaded Windows it would work. It let me delete the
    partition and when it got ready to install Windows in the partition, it
    said it could not see the hard drive. I then took the hard drive out of
    the enclosure and hooked it back up to the IDE port and I reformated it
    and reloaded windows and left it that way.

    What am I missing here. I thought if my BIOS supported USB hard drives
    that I could use it as a external drive and boot from it. I have
    searched the net and some say you can and some say you cant. I was told
    you could. I have about four different hard drives I use for different
    things and I am always having to plug and unplug them each time so I
    figured that if I made them all USB externals that I could eliminate
    doing all that switching. It also crashes my hard drives because of the
    shock of handleing them so much.

    What am I missing here?

    redshad, Aug 21, 2006
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  2. redshad

    redshad Guest

    Well crap..I guess it wont work like I thought it would. I wanted to
    have each hard drive so I could just plug in the USB cable a boot er

    Thanks for the response.
    redshad, Aug 22, 2006
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  3. redshad

    Redshad Guest

    WOW..Thats alot to go thru to get a external hard drive to boot. Maybe I
    will give it a try when I have all day to fool with it. Thanks for the link.

    Redshad, Aug 23, 2006
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