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Thread: How to boot a win XP partition on an external usb hard drive

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    Default How to boot a win XP partition on an external usb hard drive

    I have cloned my multi boot (11.0, 10.3 and win XP using grub) desktop hard
    drive to an external usb drive and would like to boot the win XP partition
    from a laptop which at the moment is set up to dual boot 11.0 and Vista.

    I've remapped the hard drives in the laptop menu.lst file and tried every
    combination of instructions which I can think of in this file to no avail.
    I've also tried setting up the boot loader using Yast with equal success.
    If anyone has any experience with such a setup could you please post your
    menu.lst file. Thanks in advance,

    Allan

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    Default Re: How to boot a win XP partition on an external usb hard d

    XP will not boot from a USB hdd without modifying installation files before you do the install. There is no way to clone from a internal to a usb hdd and have it boot. It is not a problem with GRUB but MS did not program their OS's for booting from USB hdd.

    Nor will XP boot when you move it from one comp to a totally different comp without doing a repair install and activating it.

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    Default Re: How to boot a win XP partition on an external usb hard drive

    think one second about this: even if it were possible to boot XP from
    a USB drive, the desktop might have had a nVidia graphics card while
    the laptop an Intel graphic chip..

    therefore _just_ that one piece of dissimilar hardware could make it
    impossible to boot..

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    Default Re: How to boot a win XP partition on an external usb hard d

    If you want to have XP alongside your existing setup, you will probably have more success virtualising it.

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    Default Re: How to boot a win XP partition on an external usb hard drive

    Allan wrote:

    > I have cloned my multi boot (11.0, 10.3 and win XP using grub) desktop
    > hard drive to an external usb drive and would like to boot the win XP
    > partition from a laptop which at the moment is set up to dual boot 11.0
    > and Vista.
    >
    > I've remapped the hard drives in the laptop menu.lst file and tried every
    > combination of instructions which I can think of in this file to no avail.
    > I've also tried setting up the boot loader using Yast with equal success.
    > If anyone has any experience with such a setup could you please post your
    > menu.lst file. Thanks in advance,
    >
    > Allan


    Thanks to everyone who replied. My laptop allows booting from usb and I
    came tantalizingly close to having XP load that way. It got as far as
    showing the initial Windows screen before dying. I was hoping that grub
    would be able to overcome that problem.

    Allan

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    Default Re: How to boot a win XP partition on an external usb hard d

    Quote Originally Posted by aemau View Post
    I was hoping that grub
    would be able to overcome that problem.
    How should GRUB do that?

    GRUB did his job sucessfully the moment XP started booting.

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