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Trying to boot windows from external hard drive to my new ssd, but i have no down button to select.

Question: Trying to boot windows from external hard drive to my new ssd, but i have no down button to select.

i have no down button to select my external hard drive in the boot menu. Is the only way forward to replace the keyboard? I have tried pressing all sorts of keys but it seems the only one that works for down is the one im missing. Also, will getting a new keyboard mean that I will have to install it, ie, put back in the old hard drive? Thank in advance for your help.

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Preferred Solution: Trying to boot windows from external hard drive to my new ssd, but i have no down button to select.

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I've ordered a new hard drive for my laptop to replace the current 160 GB it has. It should arrive very soon so I've just tried to create a system image of my C:/ drive but when choosing where to save the image I am not able to select my external hard drive, instead it blanks it out the on hard disk option and goes straight to the DVD or Network option.

The hard drive works fine in Windows 7 for normal operation, it is a IOMEGA 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive. It does however have files already on it, it's free space is 195 GB.

Does it need more free space, or am I missing something?



Answer:Unable to select external hard drive to save a system image

I don't know what I did, but after messing around with drive letters and paths I managed to get my external hard drive to appear in the list and it is currently saving a system image of my C:/ drive right now. Fingers crossed.

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Hi Guys and GalsI have just installed a second hard drive and would like to have a choice of which drive boots on startup without having to delve into the MoBobios. Is there a Program out there that actuallydoes this? Thanks "Leroy"

Answer:Boot up Program to select Hard Drive

click here

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There is a black button next to the "on" light on my girlfriend's 80gb external hard drive. Her new computer was not detecting this external drive; however, when I pushed the button next to the "on" light, her computer then detected it.

What is this button for? I don't think it is an on/off button, because when I pushed it again, her computer still detected the drive.
Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:External Hard Drive button

What's the Make n Model of the external ???
It probably has something to do with a backup procedure.

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I'm currently using a Dell Inspiron 3520 laptop with Windows 8 on it. I have an external hard drive from a Windows 7 desktop. It recognizes the external hdd right away and I can access it but I can't figure out how to boot Windows 7 as the primary. I've tried changing boot order in bios but I've had no luck as it still boots Windows 8 first. Is there a way to use the Windows 7 as the primary drive or could someone teach me about dual booting? Even a way to temporarly turn off the Windows 8 hard drive will work. I just need to access the Windows 7 hard drive without having to navigate through program files to have to open something. Any ideas?

Answer:Trying to boot Windows 7 from external hard drive

Originally Posted by jhamms66

I have an external hard drive from a Windows 7 desktop.

Was the (now) external drive ever a boot drive for Windows 7. If so, was it an internal drive for the Win 7 desktop?

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How can I Boot Windows from my external Hard drive?

What do I need to do? And how do I tell my PC to then boot Windows from the external hard drive, and not the internal one?

Thank you

Answer:How can I Boot Windows from my external Hard drive?

You would need to transfer the files from your internal hardrive onto the external one, then when you computer boots enter the BIOS ushally F2 or something... it's different on differnet machines. Then when your in you will need to tell it to boot from the external one. If it's a USB external hardrive then you may have to enable USB Device Support or something... As I said it's different on every machine. But thats some basic steps.

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I dissembled a hard drive from an old laptop and uses it as an external hard drive for my new laptop. Here is my question: how do I boot (Windows Vista is installed in the old drive) from this external hard drive from my new laptop (Windows 8 is installed in the new laptop) ? I have not done anything to the old hard drive, so the old system drive is still there.I have tried to change the boot priority in CMOS but it said the external drive has no system drive. So, I don't know what seem to be the problem. Does anyone know how to resolve this issue ?Thanks in advance.message edited by skyduck

Answer:Boot Windows Vista from an external hard drive

By 'dissembled' I hope you mean you only removed it from the old laptop and didn't actually take it apart.Unless the laptops are identical you won't be able to successfully boot the vista drive on the new one because its installation is matched to the old laptop.But that said, it should still partially boot up before you get the blue screen error. If the drive was previously internal I guess you put it in an external case. Are you sure you did that correctly? The only other thing I can think of is the bios configuration or actual damage to the drive.

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I just restarted my PC and i kept getting erros regarding hardware, at first it would just hold at updating dmi pool , after i reset the bios to fail safe defaults it would then give me the I/O error. I noticed my external drive was turned off and I turned it on and windows booted fine. Is there a connection here i can disable?

Windows is installed on my SSD drive not my external.


Answer:Windows 7 wont boot without external hard drive turned on?

Try starting your PC with external HD unpluged.

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I have a Dell Dimension 8400 already on its second hard drive due to troubles with Windows.
When I boot the computer, the final result is a black screen with a white cursore that moves when I move the mouse. I get the same result in Safe Mode. I have tried using the Dell Windows reinstall/recovery disc and have not had luck so far. I even installed a second version of Windows, but I still need to get the data files somehow and I don't know how. Today I purchased and downloaded Acronis True Image 2010 Home, but honestly don't know what to do with it! I downloaded to a CD, but don't know what to do next. Ideally I would like to repair my original install of Windows XP. If not possible, I would like help getting the data files. I have read many threads about setting up the HD as a slave on another computer, but no instructions about what this means or how to do it. I own an external drive that I just took out of the package today, but again don't know where to begin with it. HELP?

Answer:Windows XP won't boot, need to get data files to external hard drive via USB

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i have a Advent Atom N270 laptop which has encountered a problem.
When i boot my PC i get the following error: Reboot & Select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device & press any key".

I went into BIOS to see the Hard Drive status but i can't see any option where the HD is detected (so i assume it is not being detected).

I thought this issue meant the HD must be the problem. However, i took the HD out of the Advent & tried it on another laptop and it worked fine. Also, i used the working lapyops HD to test the Advent Atom laptop & i get the same error - even though the HD i tried is a perfectly working one.

I have checked to see if the hard drive has power going to it & i can hear it spinning.
I have tried the recovery CDs but they won't install (assuiming thatw ithout a drive, the recovery software can't install).
The hard drives in question are SATA drives

I'm completely confused as to what the issue can be. If it isn't the hard drive then what can it be?
Can anyone please help me with this issue?

regards, Shuja

Answer:Hard drive not detected in BIOS - reboot & select boot device msg

This is probably an issue with SATA drivers. One vital piece of information is missing from your post, what version of windows are you using and is it already installed on the hard drive?

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Hello everyone,

I am new to the forums and not sure where the best place to ask this question is, any help would be appreciated, even if you refer me to somewhere else.

I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 (2.5 years old). All my data is backed up so I have no concerns about recoverying data.
First, the laptop crashed and ran several chkdsk on start up. I froze several times during this. It said it had fixed some errors then started up again.
This time it wanted to do start up repair. Same thing kept happening, froze at least twenty times during this. Eventually it gave me the blue screen of death.

'Technical information

*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x0000000000000003, 0xFFFFFA8004C1D260, 0xFFFFFA8004C1D498, 0xFFFFF8000130DDA0)'

This repeated several times. I ran the diagnostics and it told me the hard drive could not be found (error code 0146, 2000-0146). Essentially, it's a Dell laptop (I know) and I am not bothered about recovering the hard drive.
I would, however, like to install Windows 7, or alternatively Linux, onto my external hard drive. But I just can't seem to get it to work.
I have extracted a Linux iso to the external hard drive I want to install on, onto a cd, onto a FAT32 8gb usb stick, but it has given me the bootmgr is missing error every time. I have tried it with the interal HDD in and removed.
I am no longer concerned about the internal HDD, i can use it for a door stop for all I am concerned, I just want to load ANY os onto my external hard drive so I can get the la... Read more

Answer:BSOD HDD Failed - Install Windows 7 on external hard drive from boot

As a temporary work-around, you should be able to run Linux from the CD or USB.
This would allow you to use your machine until a better solution is suggested.

If you can get Linux to run you might be able to format the internal HDD (using GParted for example) and then reuse it (temporary solution).

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My computer completely locked up while playing a game and I had to do a hard reboot. Now I continuously get the error:

"Reboot and select proper Boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

The only thing I can manage to pull up is the CMOS Setup Utility. Looking through the menu I found the Boot sequence menu; however, the only device listed is cd/dvd and I read that hard drive should be listed.

Any ideas on a possible problem?

I am thinking that my hard drive might be shot because I am almost positive it is not due to loose cables. On the other hand I was thinking that it could possibly be due to a virus because I had found a Trojan earlier with my virus scanner.

Appreciate any feedback I can get.

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I'm wondering if this is at all possible on an external HARD DRIVE, not FLASH STICK.

I'd like to be able to take a large external hard drive, and partition the first 20% to use for boot images with some kind of boot loader, and the rest for data partitions.

Otherwise, can someone help me find an article to show how to get the following onto a usb flash drive along with a boot loader (and how big of a flash drive do i need?)

-ubuntu live environment
-bart PE
-disk wipe
-windows xp install

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I have a Toshiba Satellite L770. My hard drive crashed, so I went and bought a new one. I replaced it, and once I did I started up the laptop and came to a black screen which states:

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

I figured a new hard drive would involve a "clean install", so I inserted my Windows 7 Home Premium OEM 64-bit software DVD, with the same black screen popping up.

I, then, went into the BiOS and switched the boot order so that the CD/DVD drive would boot first, but the same thing is popping up.

Would I need some sort of Toshiba Recovery CD instead of the Microsoft one for this to work? I should mention that prior to replacing the hard drive, my brother wiped everything completely from the computer, so maybe I'm answering my own question about the Toshiba Recovery software. Would just like a second opinion and to see if maybe I'm skipping a step or missing something to get this to work properly as it's a good laptop, and I really do not want to have to buy a new one.

Answer:Replaced hard drive with new one, "Reboot and select proper boot..."

ISTR the Windows Installer pauses while still at the BIOS level and asks you to press a key to boot from the DVD. If you miss this, the PC will try to boot from the next device, and since the hard drive is blank, you would end up at the error screen you described. If you're not getting this Windows prompt, double-check the BIOS boot settings, and maybe try another bootable CD or DVD, and see if you can get it to work.

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I have recently bought a new hard drive and now I want to remove the old one and just use the new one.
When I remove the old one, I try to start up the PC with the new only, but it stucks at booting, it says "select proper boot device..."

The old one was a 300 GB, WD SATA 2. And the new one is a Seagate SATA 3 1TB. I want to use the old one with an older PC for somebody else, but if I remove it I can't get into Windows.

Windows 7 is installed in the new HDD. The old one is empty, but I see there is still some "System Reserved" partition there which is being used. Here is how disk management looks like:
I want to remove Disk 0 and keep Disk 1 only. I also don't want to lose the data from Disk 1.

Help will be much apreciated. I try to rebuild my old computer for somebody else to use.

Answer:"Select propper boot device" after removing old hard drive and trying

System reserved partition is essential for Windows to work.Since you have it on your old hard drive and not the new one ,computer asks for it whenever you disconnect your old hdd.
Install Windows on new hard drive with system reserved partition on new hdd.

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How do I make Windows 8.1 boot from an external hard drive with linux on it? I already changed the boot menu priority in the BIOS (UEFI). But when I restart my laptop while my external HD is connected to the laptop, it doesnt boot from the external HD. Instead it boots directly to the Win 8.1 Desktop. Is there something additional I should do in the BIOS?

Answer:Why Cant I Boot from My External Hard Drive?

Is it a UEFI BIOS with Secure Boot? If yes you likely have to turn secure boot off.

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Hello, I own an Acer Aspire 5100 laptop with windows 7 installed. I have a problem where the hdd plugs in at. The hdd plugs into a connecter witch is part of the mother bored. The only way I can get it to run is if i tilt the laptop backwards and put a wii remote under it. as long as it doesn't move, it will work. So knowing i need a new connecter, I find a situation. I go myself a cord that i can plug my hdd into and plug it into the laptop via usb. I set the bios to first run the usb hard drive and second the boot manager. It worked.
As the "Starting Windows" screen was done loading, the screen when blue for a fraction of a second, then reset to the Acer logo screen at start up. I got a message about it wanting to run a Boot up repair. I did this and when it was done, the same thing happened. I put the hdd back into the laptop with it tiilted and it worked just fine. I put another hdd into the laptop with Windows 7 with the old hdd in the usb chord. I got the same result.

How can i get passed the "Starting Windows" screen when booting from the external hdd?

Answer:how do i boot from my external hard drive?

You cannot boot windows from an external usb type device; not going to happen. You CAN boot linux from an external usb type device; just not windows. This is because of how windows deals with usb.

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Hi, can I unplug my internal drive (only one internal)and if I have a c: system partition on the external can I just boot from it?Thanks for the input!

Answer:boot from external hard drive?

Sure! I think so anyway.... Just make sure that you set the external drive to be the master drive instead of the slave, and you should be good to go!  [glb]Flame[/glb]

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But not an excternal eSATA drive. I mean to say it is  an exrernal hard drive that has a USB interface. This drive I have used as an extrernal backup device.  I am sure it is in good condition. Now I what to see if I can make it bootable and use it as a normal thing any time I want to boot up some other operationg system.In this case I want to use a legal 32 bit Widnows 7 DVD to intstall Windows 7 onto my extrernal hard drive taht was untill now used onlyu as a backup device. It is a older IDE type with a USB interface.I read sosmewhere taht you can boot Windows 7 from a USWB flash drive. If so, then it ought to be more easy to do it froma standard hard drive using a USB intterface. Is that right?  I found this articl on wickihow. Nowbefore I try it,  I want  to see if you know more about this. Here is the link: have an old Dell 755 desktop with a triple boot. I do not want to jepordise my triple bnoot setup, so I would like to the anexcternal drive. (No, I amd not lazy. Everytime I open up my Dell to do anything I cringe at the thught that I might bradk something. It is not a full size destop and I am getting to be very clumsy. It is likely I will break something. I have before.   )Any suggesntion? 

Answer:How can I boot from an external Hard Drive.?

This has been done to death years ago. Face it. This is not going to work. Windows is designed to run from an internal drive. Furthermore, the EULA specifically stipulates that you are licensed to install Windows on an internal drive. Maybe some brave/crazy souls have committed demented brain surgery on a Windows install to make it run from a USB drive, and coaxed it into limping into a crash-prone state, do you seriously think you will get anything like convincing performance with all the disk i/o crawling down a USB wire?

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Ive been trying to post this for 5 mins! Seems I can no longer.....cheers!

.......wasnt actually intentional. The question has been sat on my screen for a while and i didnt realise it was already posted, trigger happy on the back button i guess!! When i realised, i was going to delete the old one but couldnt find how to do it! Another question! How can I delete my own threads and mark them as solved etc? Ive seen others like that but not been able to do it myself.

Answer:Boot from external USB hard drive

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I have an old Tiny PC with 2 hard drives one of which is less than 12 months old.I have a laptop less than 12 months old.I'm getting squeezed from the other half to ditch the desktop to free up space but I still use it although not very often and I do like XP.Here's my question. If I take out the newer primary hard drive, put it in a HDD caddy and connect it to my laptop via a USB port, can I boot windows XP from the caddy to the laptop screen if I change the boot order of the laptop to boot from USB first?

Answer:Boot XP from external hard drive?

No that wont work.

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My brother operates a heating and air-conditioning business close to my home and I usually help build and maintain his computers and office network. I have his office desk hard drives set up in RAID where there is always an exact duplicate of the boot drive should one drive fail. He called recently asking if I could set up an external hard drive that could be cloned after the end of each business day in case of failure of the only hard drive in his laptop computer. From what I can see on Google, it looks like most Bios's have the capability to boot from either flash or external HD's, but problems exist with both the external HD's ability to serve as boot disk (Western Digital specifically states their external drives will not boot), and with creating a bootable operating system. Anyone have any information on how I can help him out with this, if it is possible. Thanks in advance.


Answer:Boot from external hard drive?

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Ive just got a new HDD and also a caddy for my old drive. Having got the new system working nicely, ive been trying to get the pc to boot from the old drive in the caddy. I set it up in the bios to boot from USB - HDD but all it manages to do is go to that 'Windows did not start correctly last time' screen and when i select anything, it 'thinks' for a few mins and then restarts!
The drive still works if i plug it into an IDE but not in the caddy.
Im running XP with NTFS on the drive. Its a 40Gb matxor. Its only 2% fragmented and only half full. My MB is Gigibyte with an AMD 64 CPU. The caddy and drive work fine as an external on my new windows installation on the new drive.
Its all very random. My only thought is perhaps the jumper settings, what should i use?


Answer:Boot from external USB hard drive

You have posted this question at least 3 times. Please review our forum rules.

If you don't receive a reply (especially over the weekend) post BACK to your same thread and that will get it back to the top for another look.

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I have an 80GB external hard drive and I want to know if it is possible to use it as my boot/local drive....

If so, how?

Answer:using the external hard drive to boot

Please help....

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Ive just got a new HDD and also a caddy for my old drive. Having got the new system working nicely, ive been trying to get the pc to boot from the old drive in the caddy. I set it up in the bios to boot from USB - HDD but all it manages to do is go to that 'Windows did not start correctly last time' screen and when i select anything, it 'thinks' for a few mins and then restarts!
The drive still works if i plug it into an IDE but not in the caddy.
Im running XP with NTFS on the drive. Its a 40Gb matxor. Its only 2% fragmented and only half full. My MB is Gigibyte with an AMD 64 CPU. The caddy and drive work fine as an external on my new windows installation on the new drive.
Its all very random. My only thought is perhaps the jumper settings, what should i use?


Answer:Boot from external USB hard drive

Please don't double post?

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Good day all,

I have a littel issue that I'm hoping someone can resove 4 me.

I have a Dell Latitude D610 laptop with WinXP Pro installed with SP2, and it has USB2. I removed the harddrive and put in another one, formated and installed XP Pro in FAT32 on it with SP2, then installed all the drivers. Pull out the new harddrive and put it into a external USB2 harddrive enclosure. I put back my original harddrive into my laptop, set my BIOS sequence to boot from USB first and let it run.

My problem is, once the black XP screen with little blue progress bar starts, it will stay on the screen for about 10 seconds max and reboot itself, then give me the boot options, i.e. safe mode, normal, etc ... I select normal, and same thing over and over again. I also trien safe mode, and it does start to lead files, and stops half way throught, then reboots ...

Any ideas ?

Thank you very much in advance to all !

Answer:boot from external usb hard drive ?

You Intalled XP on FAT32 ? I don't think this is possible..

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how Boot an external hard drive to install Windows from it?

Answer:Boot an external hard drive

Quote: Originally Posted by s00

how Boot an external hard drive to install Windows from it?

Why are you trying to install Windows from an external hard drive?

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my fujitsu amilo pi1505 hard sata hard drive has failed,in the bios boot options is usb fdc can it boot & RUN a system on it?

Answer:boot from external usb hard drive

Should be able to as long as the 1st boot up is via USB?

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Hey so I am planning on putting ubuntu on an external hard drive. If I install Ubuntu on it, can I boot to it? I don't want to change any settings in bios, I just want to boot to ubuntu occasionally.

Answer:Can I boot to an external Hard drive?

That would depend on the interface type of the external hard drive and the bios booting options on your motherboard. If your system is not compatable with that configuration, you could make a partion on your main drive and set up for dual boot.

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I have a Seagate 500GB external hard drive that was formatted on my Macbook at FAT32. I was using it without problem both on my Macbook and my brother's Windows 98 desktop. I tried to use in with my new laptop, running Windows 7. I found out I had to assign a volume letter to it in order to see its contents. I did so, only to get a message asking me to format the drive! Moreover, now I cannot use it neither on my Macbook nor at my brother's desktop... I tried removing the letter but nothing changed; it is still unrecognizable, telling me that no known operating system is installed in it (or something like that)... I guess it's a disk header thing (after assigning a volume letter). Maybe I could fix this with some kind of software?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:External Hard Drive can't boot!

Sounds like you're going to have to reformat the drive (on the Windows 7 pc). I had thought there were differences between the Apple and PC filing systems.

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Hello all. HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

Question. My father asked me the other day if he was able to boot of an external drive. He has a P4, gig of ram with a 60 gig internal drive too but I really wasn't sure. So why not ask you all.

Anyone ?

Answer:Can I boot of USB external hard drive ?

Read this link same question

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i was trying to fix my friends computer and his master cable for the hard drive is ripped and so we wont be able to use it till he buys a new one which could be a while

he has a 200 gb external hard drive (with usb 2 and firewire) i was wondering if it is possible to use that as the hard drive, could i plug it into the computer using the usb2 and have windows boot from it he really needs to get back to using his comptuer for school and i am just wondering if it is possible to just forget putting the internal hard drive and just use an external as the master and i mean keeping it inside the external enclosure and everything ?

anyone do this ever ?

Answer:can you boot from external hard drive ?

His BIOS Needs to support booting from removable devices, so you might have to go exploring. But it can be done.

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I bought a new Dell M3800 laptop and it worked fine for three month.
One morning it refused booting. The Dell Windows Recovery CD will not load either Just goes to black screen.
I tried everything I could think of and everything I found on google with no luck.
Yesterday I removed the HD and connected it as an external drive changed the Boot options and it worked.
But it still will not boot when connected internally. The Dell diagnostic tool does not find any problems.

Dell M3800.
SSD 250GB drive.

Please help. What could be causing this?

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I wish to format an external Hard Drive for Windows 10 and then install the Drive into my Laptop and load Windows 10 from the DVD I created from the ISO file.
My reason for doing this is to get a completely clean install, as every other time I have tried I end up with a poorly function Windows 10 PC and some of the old information such as Wall Paper, Network setting, Home Group etcetera are still set up in the New "clean" installation which I believe are causing the very slow Boot up along with other problems. Each time in the past I have agreed to "keep nothing" but that does not seem to work!

Answer:Format external Hard Drive as a boot drive

plug into another PC using a usb caddy
the drive will appear in disk management either right click and select format (do not do a quick format) or you could use command prompt (admin) and run diskpart to remove all partitions and make just one partition on the drive before formatting.
refit in the laptop
ensure DVD is set as first boot device
insert DVD and and press any key to boot from he windows iso (DVD must be bootable made using windows media creation tool for w 10).
follow the prompts to install windows (you cannot install windows onto the drive while it is in the us caddy on the other PC).

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Just got a new maxtor external h drive problem is when i switch on my computer it trys to boot from it,pressed f8 on startup and selected the hard drive as the boot option but this dosen't make any difference it still trys to boot from hd,any idea's Paddy

Answer:computer trying to boot from external hard drive

Is it usb? If so plug it in after you have booted and check BIOS might be able to disable usb boot.

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To allow discussions on the development of the windows OS over the years I wonder if it is possible to create a dual [or even triple] boot system using an external hard drive.We have win95b , 98 and ME disks and all PCs to which this question applies are running xpHome.If it is possible then could someone point me towards an "idiots guide" to setting it up?Thanks in - I won't be able to return to this thread until late this afternoon.

Answer:Dual Boot using External Hard Drive.

Very difficult to put 98 after XPDrive C: must be FAT32 to be able to install Windows 98 after XP is already installed. The 98/Me installation routine cannot write to an NTFS partition.You must have a second hard disk or partition formatted for FAT32 in order to be able to install Windows 98/Me, installing 98/Me to the same partition as Windows XP is Not recommended!Use a Windows 98 Startup disk for this procedure. You should ensure that DEBUG.EXE is on your Startup disk. On a 98 Startup disk, created from Add/Remove Programs, its in the EBD.CAB file on the Startup disk. For a 98 Startup disk created from FAT32EBD.EXE its on the floppy.1. Use a Win98 Startup disk (with CD support) to boot your computer.2. Insert your Win98 CD into the CD Rom drive.3. At the A: prompt type X:\Win98\Setup.exe where X: is your CD-ROM drive.4. Proceed with the install. When prompted for the install location, you'll see C:\Windows.000. Choose Other directory and change this to the drive you wish to install 98 to and name the folder Windows (or something else if you prefer).5. Complete the Win98 install. Allow the computer to boot into Win98.Repair the Windows XP Boot Loader1. Create a Win98 Startup Disk2. Create a Notepad file with the following entries, exactly as shown:L 100 2 0 1N C:\BOOTSECT.DOSR BX0R CX200WQ3. Save the file to the Win98 Startup Disk as READ.SCR4. Boot the computer with the Win98 Startup Disk and at the A: prompt typeDEBUG <READ.SCRSteps 1 - 4 create the BOOTSECT.DOS file n... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1440 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. Some of my older applications do not support this platform. My processor does not support Window Virtual PC and Windows XP mode so I was hoping to add XP as a dual boot. Is it possible to boot XP from an external harddrive or USB instead of having to partition the internal hard drive. Or do you have any suggestions on how I can load XP after Windows 7 is already loaded. Thanks for any help or advice.

Answer:Dual Boot with External hard drive or USB

Hey Rockhead, Welcome!

Try reading this tutorial.

Hope this helps,

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I have just bought a Maxtor 3500 external hard drive, 500Gb. I use Windows XP.With the Hard drive connected and power on the PC won't boot up, it just says 'NTLDR missing'. If I connect the hard drive after boot up its fine.It ought to be possible to keep it connected all the time.Any ideas?

Answer:External hard drive prevents boot up

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I tried to find a solution to my problem but failed miserably.
I just got a new laptop, installed stuff I need, uninstalled some useless applications. System looks exactly as I would like to see it. Problem is that it took me forever

Is it possible to make a copy of my starting partition on external drive, so, in case I need to reinstall the system I could use this copy and avoid whole application by application installation process?

What software would you recommend (preferably freeware)?

Maybe some of you know a site with the description of whole process?

I have vista 64bit.

Answer:System boot from external hard drive

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Got an external hard drive. Never used it much. Last time i used it it was ok. Powered it up and plugged it in and it wouldnt boot up. Tried it on a couple of systems as well. Any advice?

Answer:External Hard Drive wont boot up!

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I have 3 Win XP Pro laptops, but the one I need for developing some software has a dead motherboard (of course). I took that hard drive out and put it in an external USB case so that I can access the files I need (although most are backed up on the functional laptops.) My question is: there are some programs on the now-external hard drive that I need to use and it would be much easier (it seems) to boot from the external drive to run the programs, rather than attempting to install them on a new computer and get everything re-set-up the way I want... Do I just set the boot order to boot from the external and will my programs on it just work from there, or is there something I need to do to make this happen? Or can I run the programs installed on the external even when booting from the internal hard drive??

Answer:boot from external hard drive to run apps?

You have several questions to address: first, you cannot boot to an internal drive and run the programs from the external drive, they will simply not run. The reasons why are fairly straight-forward: when the programs are installed, they create dependent .dll files (and others) and put them in various locations through out the drive and when they were installed, the drive was C:. But now the drive is an external (lets say it's drive E: ) so when you try to run the programs, they will still be looking at drive C: for these dependent files which (of course) aren't on C:, but on E:. If the PC has the option to boot from the external drive, it will boot and the programs will run only if the hardware that was originally run with the external drive when it was an internal drive is exactly the same as the PC you have it connected to as an external. If the hardware is not the same, it won't boot and will crash to a blue screen. One thing you could do even though it's a major pain, is to install the drive into one of your functioning laptops as the main drive (yes, you'd remove the current drive and install the one which is now an external). Then do a repair install of Windows. This will get the drive to boot into Windows and all of your documents and any software already installed on that drive will run perfectly. This is probably your best bet, otherwise you have to re-install all the programs you want to use and "get everything re-set-up the way I want... Read more

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I had problems in that when my new external hard drive was connected and pc was powered off the system would not restart I got the Advent logo then nothing almost as if the pc was confused.Whilst in this state it occured to me that my new external hard drive may be responsible so I disconnected the usb cable and the system booted up as normal.Following a quick google search I found a thread saying the power status may be responsible so via the control panel I changed the power plan from balanced to power saver and under this plan via change plan settings went into advanced and changed the usb setting for this device under selective suspend setting from enabled to disabled.All is wonderful with my pc now but to be honest not really sure what this suspend setting does and why I have cured my issue.If anyone with enough knowledge could be kind enough to explain and perhaps let me know what the down side (if any) is the consequence of my actions,Many thanks, Robin

Answer:WD External Hard Drive prevents boot up

A lot of computers do get confused when booting if an external USB hard drive is connected. I think this is due to the computer being set to boot from USB device first and not being able to find the OS. You could try changing the boot sequence in the bios or leave the drive disconnected when booting.

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I'm using a Seagate 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive that prevents my system from booting if it is plugged in and powered. Before entering windows i get the message: "NTLDR is missing press ctrl+alt+dlt to restart".
when i unplug the drive before i boot everything works.

I'm wondering if the external drive is being mistaken for the primary drive and how i could fix this other than unplugging the external drive every time i boot the system.

Answer:System will not Boot with External Hard Drive

davidclark425 said:

I'm using a Seagate 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive that prevents my system from booting if it is plugged in and powered. Before entering windows i get the message: "NTLDR is missing press ctrl+alt+dlt to restart".
when i unplug the drive before i boot everything works.

I'm wondering if the external drive is being mistaken for the primary drive and how i could fix this other than unplugging the external drive every time i boot the system.Click to expand...

This message is that the BIOS did not detect any bootloaders.

It seems that when you put you External HDD you computer want to boot from it from USB. You have two options first and easiest one is to go to BIOS and remove first or second boot from USB and put only CD/DVD Drive.

Second one will be annoying is to unplug your External HDD everytime you power on your PC.

P.S It will do the same with a USB flash drive too.

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I want to Boot Ubuntu from my External Hard drive to use on all my computers, I'm not sure how to go about this, I currently have windows 8 and its been giving me trouble when trying to duel boot Ubuntu and Windows 8 "still haven't figured this out". Is it possible to Duel boot without too much messing around or am i better off to try to boot it from the external HDD.

Answer:Boot ubuntu on External Hard drive

Rather than use a large external hard drive, I load distros on USB stick.
Can your computer boot from a USB stick?

If so, download the ISO you want.
Go here:
and download LiLi.
Install it on the USB stick and then point the installer to the linux ISO you downloaded. Be patient while it installs/writes the ISO to the USB stick.
Reboot and you should be able to boot Ubuntu.
Note, I have about 5 different distros on USB sticks. I do not have Ubuntu and I do not run Win 8.

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My PC normally takes 30 seconds to boot into Windows XP. Suddenly (literally overnight) it started taking 5 minutes to boot. It sticks on the opening screen, with the system information, for about 4 minutes before resuming the normal boot up process. There is then another brief hang between the Windows XP and log on screens. I have discovered through experimentation that the boot time returns to the normal 30 seconds if I unplug my 250GB external HD. I have tried plugging the external HD into different USB2 ports but this has no effect. If I wait until the PC has booted before plugging in the external HD, it works fine. I have also checked the external HD on another PC and it worked absolutely fine with no effect on the boot time.Provided I remember to unplug the external HD before starting the PC there is no great problem. However, I do not always remember and it is, in any event, an irritation I would really like to resolve. Has anyone any suggestions please?

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After attaching a new Seagate 1.6TB powered external hard drive, my desktop will not now boot completely. It gets part way - not even to POST or beeps - and just hangs. I have to power button off to get out. Thing is when I disconnect the HDD, things are as normal and system boots OK. Seems to be that it is trying to boot off the external HDD, but BIOS options have not changed. I have even set 'other boot options' in the BIOS to OFF, but it makes no difference.I have other portable HDDs, which don't give any problems when attached and the system is booted, so I really cannot understand what is going on.I am running XP SP3 Athlon 64 desktop.Any suggestions/explanations?

Answer:XP won't boot after adding external hard drive

No solutions from me but if its usb,why not plug it in once computers running?

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I got Windows 8.1. I want to try out Ubuntu o/s by booting it from my external hard drive. Anyway, I went into the BIOS and changed the boot order of devices to boot from external devices first. But when I restart my laptop with the external hard drive connected via USB, it boots straight to the desktop instead. What am I doing wrong?

Answer:How Do I Boot o/s from External Hard Drive? Need Advice

Is the Ubuntu drive an MBR drive? If so you will have to go into your bios and turn off Secure Boot and also set the boot type to CSM. Windows 8.x is UEFI so every time you want to boot something that isn't, you have to change the setting in the bios.

Edit: Which also means that to boot to W8 from the internal HD again, you have to go into the bios and set it back to UEFI or it will not recognize the internal HD as being bootable.
You may also wish to turn secure boot back on. It is up to you.

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I'm trying to boot from an external  2.5 hdd  usb3.0 on dell optiplex x330 but it does not work !
i try to boot from usb positioned on the case and also using the usb ports on the back.
The boot work only using usb keys.
On this PC there is A11 bios version.
I try to boot this hdd on Another laptop and it work.

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How can  I boot my computer from an external usb hard drive?

Answer:Boot computer with external hard drive

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If I can boot from a usb flash drive can't I install XP on an external usb hard drive a boot my os from the external drive? Does anyone foresee any issues with this? Thanks.

Answer:Install XP Pro on External USB Hard Drive & Boot

It can't be done. The reason for this is that windows loads its own USB driver, and so it has to take the USB offline while it loads it, and so it will stop when it gets to that point.

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I have a WD 1TB my book essential external hard drive with a model number of: WDBACW0010HBK-UESN

My OS is Vista Home Premium 32bit

When I boot my pc, it doesn't go past the bois screen (where you can press del to go into the bios settings etc. but I can't actually use those buttons) and I have to unplug my external hard drive to be able to boot my pc, and then attach it.

Is there a way I can boot my pc while it's still plugged in?

-I've checked the bios read boot order, I made sure it was my cd drive, then my internal hard drive.

Answer:WD external hard drive refusing to boot.

What are your full specs?

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Hey all, I installed a WD 500GB HD connected by USB and now it seems that Windows (XP SP2) will not start unless the HD is plugged in & on. I don't plan on keeping the drive on all the time so I'm wondering how to fix this. I went through the BIOS boot order and found nothing that looks suspicious but maybe I missed something. Any help is appreciated.


Answer:External hard drive and Boot-up problem

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I have an external SATA drive that was installed on a laptop and used Win XP. I have a new laptop with Win Vista but the software I use for work will not function with Vista. Am I able to set up the laptop to boot into Win XP from the external drive, and how?
Thank you!

-need to get back to work!


Answer:Dual boot Win XP from external hard drive?

Hi there,It's possible , but not officially supported by Microsoft as it involves modifying the Windows XP install CD. Please do so at your own risk.Cheers,WalkerWindows Outreach Team

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Hi, i just bought a laptop with win7 home premium 64 bit and I want to dual boot it with win7 32 bit..Can you teach me how to dual boot with external hard drive?

Second, any external hard drives will do?

Answer:dual boot with external hard drive

You cannot install Windows to a USB device.

To Dual Boot follow the same steps given here, making sure to boot the installer as it will not run from another bit-version: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

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My internal laptop hard drive is a Hitach HTS725050A9A360 and it recently started to get bad sectors. Given that my laptop is under warranty, I decided to ship it to Sony to have it replaced. Problem is, they don't restore data and their service centre is in the US and I am in the UK. So I decided to clone this drive through Norton Ghost 15 to my external 500Gb ST350083 0AS iOmega External USB drive (succesfully) and boot from the external drive until Sony sends a replacement drive.

It can boot, but then restarts shortly after 'Starting Windows' shows up and won't even boot into Safe Mode... so we have two identical installs of W7 on different drives and one fails to boot. Any idea how to get this fixed?


Answer:External Hard Disk Drive won't boot after Ghosting

Hello fatcatsat. Welcome to the Forum.

I have never tried to do what you are doing, but my guess is that Windows is waking up expecting to be in one place and finds itself in another. While installing an OS on an external drive is common, cloning to an external is not the same thing.

You may be able to get it to boot by repairing the MBR on the external's install.
Startup Repair
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
System Repair Disc - Create

Worth a shot.

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My internal hard disk has been crashed can I use external harddisk drive to boot the laptop or use it as all purpose as we do with internal hard drive?

Answer:External hard drive used as start up boot for laptop

Hey there Kashyapgm Welcome to the community!  Some OSs can boot from external drives and can even be fully installed on them but not all of them. What External drive do you have? What OS would you like to use?  the USB connection is somewhat unstable so you can't really install all OSs on USB drives. It may be possible on a eSATA drives but again, that depend on the specific OS that you have in mind.  I would simply recommend to replace your failed drive on the laptop and use a new internal one. If you need help with suggestions for new drives or troubleshooting your old drive feel free to ask.  Captain_WD.

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I need to get XP working on my computer.

My cd-drive will only read dvd's, and it will not read cds. Is there any way I can still install it.

I have an external hard drive available, but it does not register it when I start computer ( while there were no OS's installed, computer was empty ). So could I install Vista with the dvd, and then create a partition, and install XP from there, considering all the files from the cd are there.

I have a Dell Inspiron 8500

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Can you boot from an external hard drive and install an OS..

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Hopefully someone can help with this problem. I have an external USB hard drive to back up documents and photos, but now the PC refuses to boot if the device is connected. This is a recent problem despite using the same hard drive for some's as if the PC is trying to boot from the external drive which of course doesn't contain the relevant files. As soon as the Windows start up process has begun then it can be connected again. Is this something to do with the Windows boot configuration, if so how do I change it? If it's relevant my operating system is Vista Home Premium SP1.

Answer:Boot problem with external hard drive connected

Enter the bios how ever it says to when the computer starts(press Delete, F1, F2 etc) Find Boot or Boot Options and make sure internal hard drive is selected as first boot device. CD or DVD drive can be first but make sure it is not set to boot from external or USB devices.

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Hi all,
Windows 7 doesn't boot while external drive is plugged in. The moment I take it boots up.
Could anyone help me out?
Thank you in advance!

Answer:Computer doesnt boot external hard drive

When you say it does not boot up do you mean it does not power on or it boots to a blank screen. I am not sure this would be your problem but do you have USB set to be the first boot device in BIOS? 
Try the following steps here.

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I have an HP Compaq 8100 Elite desktop and an HP SimpleSave sd320a external hard drive.  I had been using the EHD with another non-HP PC and never had this problem.  Today I deleted the old backup files from the other pc, plugged the EHD into the HP PC, configured everything, ran the initial backup, etc. and everything was fine. Now, though, if I leave the EHD plugged in to the PC, the PC hangs on boot-up.  I have gone into the boot order menu and put USB last, and that didn't work.  Next I disabled USB entirely and that still didn't work.  When I unplug the EHD, the PC boots up fine. Any ideas?

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Hopefully someone can help with this problem. I have an external USB hard drive to back up documents and photos, but now the PC refuses to boot if the device is connected. This is a recent problem despite using the same hard drive for some's as if the PC is trying to boot from the external drive which of course doesn't contain the relevant files. As soon as the Windows start up process has begun then it can be connected again. Is this something to do with the Windows boot configuration, if so how do I change it? If it's relevant my operating system is Vista Home Premium SP1.

Answer:Boot problem with external hard drive connected

You can go into bios and see if the external drive is in the boot order.
If so take it out.
Ive had that issue with a few boards, namely asus, a little funky at
boot, and sometimes will not boot if the drive is on. The cure for me
was to just keep it turned off unless Im using it..
Maybe someone else has a better answer.

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I have a computer running windows XP but our family has a computer running Vista. Can I use an external hard drive to make a mirror image of the Vista computer's hard drive and use it to boot Vista on the XP computer if I have it be the master Hard Drive.

Answer:Using an external hard drive to boot a different operating system?


I don't mean to put a wet blanket on your idea, but most would say no...can't boot from an external hard drive. However...hope runs eternal...check the guides forum and you will see there are some who say, "yes you can." Unfortunately I can't remember the different authors names, but one specifically said he couldn't get a specific hard drive to run only on the original computer, as the original topic of one guide, but he tried a different means and got it to boot....on most computers, not just the original.
I'm trying to do something very similar to your idea, unfortunately I'm not well versed in DOS and boot systems so it is slow going for me.

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Install XP Pro on External USB Hard Drive & Boot

I explored the above topic and found either too technical answers or that it could not be done.
I have Win XP Home
Is there any better solution?

Dai, Manager, Hardware Forums said:
this thread is nearly 2yrs old
please start your own thread for your own problems."

Answer:How to install Win XP Home on external USB hard drive and boot it

unless your bios supports booting from usb and very few do,you cannot do it

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Hoping somebody has experienced this - I recently purchased an HP Elite 8300, Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM. I transferred all the data from my old computer manually, using a Toshiba 2TB external hard drive. During the process, I learned that if the Toshiba is connected to the new computer during the initial boot, it caused NTI EZ Backup to load. I checked, and as far as I can tell, NTI isn't part of the new computer's software. I could disconnect the Toshiba, and the computer would boot properly, but once reconnected, even after a full formatting of the Toshiba, it still triggers NTI EZ. I had previously used the Toshiba as a backup disk, so I'm wondering if there's something residual of the partition, even after formatting. I've tried rearranging the boot order, but no success. Is there any way I can salvage my external hard drive? I'm officially out of my depth; please help.

Answer:Toshiba External Hard Drive triggers NTI EZ on intial boot.

Can you post a screenshot of the Disk Management window when your external drive is connected?

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Hoping somebody has experienced this - I recently purchased an HP Elite 8300, Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM. I transferred all the data from my old computer manually, using a Toshiba 2TB external hard drive. During the process, I learned that if the Toshiba is connected to the new computer during the initial boot, it caused NTI EZ Backup to load. I checked, and as far as I can tell, NTI isn't part of the new computer's software. I could disconnect the Toshiba, and the computer would boot properly, but once reconnected, even after a full formatting of the Toshiba, it still triggers NTI EZ. I had previously used the Toshiba as a backup disk, so I'm wondering if there's something residual of the partition, even after formatting. I've tried rearranging the boot order, but no success. Is there any way I can salvage my external hard drive? I'm officially out of my depth; please help.

Answer:Toshiba External Hard Drive triggers NTI EZ on intial boot.

Can you post a screenshot of the Disk Management window when your external drive is connected?

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I have an Asus M5 A97 that boots and does everything fine as long as I don't have an external drive attached to it. (It will work with little USB drives in but, not not the WD 1.5 TB).

I read another thread on this forum that suggested it was a case problem. Unfortunately the discussion had no conclusion/resolution so I don't know how the problem was resolved or if it was resolved. And normal Google searches were unhelpful. Asus' self guided diagnostic was not helpful either.

Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this.

System boots to the point of entering the BIOS. So I get a screen that instructs me to push "delete Key" to enter BIOS and it doesn't work. The machine just hangs there. Unhook the external and no problem.

Thanks for your consideration

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-6100 Six-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 1 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 6
RAM: 8138 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6670, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 123789 MB, Free - 9969 MB; D: Total - 179852 MB, Free - 76351 MB; G: Total - 1021005 MB, Free - 157867 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., M5A97
Antivirus: avast! Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

Answer:Asus M5 A97 wont boot with external hard drive attached

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Hi guys, i need help from experts in syspreping Win 7 SOE image.

The story is like this. Recently the company released a new SOE image which exceeds our 16gb thumb drives and they are only providing 2 new 32gb thumb drives for us due to budget. It is insane with the amount of work load we handle everyday. So now i am trying to look for alternative ways to resolve this.

I noticed that if i write the Win 7 setup(downloaded from Microsoft) to a external hard disk, i can boot from it later on and install Win 7 but when i try to do the same method on our SOE image, it doesn't boot/work. I get this 0xc000000e Windows fail to start error message and it stops there. Anyone know what is the problem i am facing here? I am suspecting it was disabled in the sysprep process when they creating the image. Anyone can help? =(

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I have vista ultimate with 2 Internal hard drives and 2 external drives

my internal drives
a 250GB OS Drive
a 500GB Storage Drive

my system is running fine, with no issues..

if i plug in my external 400Gb USB Drive Vista recognizes it fine, i am able to use the drive no problem..

if i try to reboot the machine, vista will start to boot up but then freezes in the middle, i've tried ot let it sit for as long as 15 minutes and it never finishes booting up..

but i turn off the USB drive and restart Vista boots up fine.. and then turn the driv eon after booting up and everything works great..
any ideas?

Answer:Vista won't fully boot after installing external USB Hard drive

It is actually a common issue, in Xp as well.. Sometimes it can be fixed by changing your boot options in bios.. Set CD to first boot device and HD to second and disable booting from USB or "removable devices"..

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The Problem:
I have a Fully Functional USB External Hard Drive that does not appear in "My Computer", when my Laptop is "Cold Booted".
It is identified in Device Manager under Disk Drives and under Universal Serial Bus Controllers as USB Mass Storage Device. It also is listed in Disk Management with the status of Healthy(Active) and the correct Capacity. However, it does not show a letter assigned to Volume, does not show the File System and is indicating that the entire capacity is Free, which is not correct.
If I Unplug and Replug or Turn it Off and Back On, every thing is as it should be. (i.e. The Drive Volume indicates "I", The File System is NTFS, the Free Space is correct and the drive is identified in "MY Computer".)

Various things I have tried:
1. Un-installed the Drivers and let Windows reinstall them again.
2. Move the USB Cable to a different port and confirmed that no other devices are listed under "Generic USB Hub Properties"-> "Power" -> "Attached Devices".
3. Un-Installed all items listed under "Universal Serial Bus Controllers" and let Windows reinstall them.
4. Changed all USB Root Hub -> Power Management -> Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power options to Unchecked.
5. Used a different cable.
6. Verified Bios Settings regarding USB and Plug and Play.
7. Attempted to search every Internet posting possible that had USB or External Hard drive associa... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Listed in My Computer After Cold Boot

If it shows in Disk Management, try right clicking on device and select change drive letter.

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I have a Maxtor 500gb external hard drive, it works fine, but ever since I bought it, My Dell Dimension 9200 hasn't been booting up. I switch the power button on, and I just get the bios loading screen and it just stays there. I have to disconnect the hard drive before switching it back on...I think the bios is trying to boot from the external usb source and I know the boot order can be changed from the BIOS but I wanted to come here and see if anyone can point me in the right direction before I start messing with it.

Any help is appreciated..

Peace out.

Dell Dimension 9200/XPS 420
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
500 GB Hard Drive
Nvidia 7900gs

Answer:Solved: PC doesn't boot up when External Hard Drive plugged in...

This is a fairly common problem without a common solution. On 2 of my machines, after trying it for the ump-teenth time, the machines suddenly started to boot with the externals plugged in.

I'd suggest trying to boot the machine and then letting it sit for as long as practicable. It takes some BIOS a long time to self-adjust to this new device for some reason. Also, try taking a look in the BIOS and try different USB settings, such as that for "legacy" or "DOS" USB compatibility. Try them all.

And definitely check the boot order. If USB is near the top, move it lower on the list or remove it altogether, if possible.

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My Acer netbook has developed some kind of fault and I am unsure as to what I ought to do,

The netbook does boot to BIOS and also will boot up from an external drive...but will not boot normally.

I am thinking of replacing the hard drive but don`t know if there could be something else says sometimes that it can`t read it and from this I am not sure if there is something else wrong...if I change the drive does it sound as though things will work ?

I realise that there`s not much to go on here but would appreciate a point of view...there are also a couple of other intermittent faults such as certain letters and numbers not working and then everything is fine for a while...but this hard drive thing has be wondering if it is time to get a new device !

Hope you may be able to help or give some advice,

Many thanks in advance,


Answer:Boot to BIOS and boots from external disc but not from Hard drive

Hello Steve and welcome to Seven Forums.

It's possible that something may have damaged or corrupted the boot info contained on the hard drive. One of the Forum experts prepared this troubleshooting guide for failure to start issues. It's time consuming but has helped many solve startup problems.

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

Another possibility is that your Acer has a hidden recovery partition. If it does, another option could be to restore your computer to factory specs. It would erase everything on the hard drive and make your machine exactly like it was the day you brought it home from the store. It's called the eRecovery Management Program.

Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - How do I restore my computer using the eRecovery Management program?

Please post back if anything helped or not, or if you have any other questions..

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Alright guys here's my question:

I am running a Vista Premium laptop and I would like to boot XP Pro from an external USB hard drive. This is a very important problem as I'm having compatibility issues with some of my programs.

I cannot partition my hard drive because the last time I tried it damaged essential system files and I had to reformat. I will not risk going through that process again. Besides, I'm already running low on space spending 10gigs on XP files won't help.
Any thoughts on how to do this?

Answer:Dual boot XP on a Vista computer using an External hard drive.

You can NOT run and Windows OS from a USB external drive.

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I have an old external hard drive that has the Boot.mebroot  Trojan. I run Norton 360 which will identify it but cannot remove it.  There are some files on the external that I want to save but when I try to copy them to a new drive the external freezes up so am hoping that eliminating this threat will allow me to copy my files safely. I not planning to use this external after I get the files off of it. 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64
Internet Explorer: 10.0.9200.16519
Run by TallTree at 18:51:43 on 2013-03-30
Microsoft Windows 8  6.2.9200.0.1252.1.1033.18.8081.5677 [GMT -7:00]
AV: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
AV: Norton 360 *Enabled/Updated* {63DF5164-9100-186D-2187-8DC619EFD8BF}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Norton 360 *Enabled/Updated* {D8BEB080-B73A-17E3-1B37-B6B462689202}
FW: Norton 360 *Enabled* {5BE4D041-DB6F-1935-0AD8-24F3E73C9FC4}
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Answer:External Hard Drive infected with Boot.Mebroot Trojan

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Basically, I have several bootable CDs of various tools that I use - windows xp, ultimate boot cd, memory testers, linux, etc.

I am wondering if it is at all possible to take an external hard drive, with a partition formatted in FAT32, and put multiple images on it, as mentioned above, and have a 'boot menu' that will allow me to select which image to continue with...

my BIOS support booting from usb drives, and I'd rather not to have a bunch of 2gb usb flash drives for each image.


Answer:creating an external hard drive that can boot multiple images?

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Hello - Whenever I try to boot my X220 tablet when an external hard drive is plugged in, it won't boot. It gives the lenovo screen and then just goes to a blank screen. I have installed the latest bios update but still no luck. This seems pretty silly to me. I need this to work. Any thoughts or help would be appreciated! THanks! Scott

Answer:X220 Tablet won't boot when external hard drive is plugged in

Try hitting F12 at the ThinkPad BIOS splash screen and choosing the internal drive (HDD0?). If this works, then go into BIOS and move the internal drive's boot priority above USB HDD.Also, does your external drive happen to have a bootloader on it?
EDIT: I assume you want the system to boot into the internal drive with the external attached, rather than boot onto a system on the external drive.

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I have a seagate external drive 1TB, for some reason all of a sudden its causing my system to freeze during shutdown process and also booting. The drive works i can access it but if i keep it pluged in and try to boot i get frozen at the blue hand screen until i unplug it, then PC will boot, its for backups so there should be no conflict with booting...

Answer:external hard drive causing system to freeze on boot and shutdown

i was able to get some of what i needed off the drive, but lost most of my backups as the drive kept freezing on me and i had to format the drive. I uninstalled it, and reinstalled it and that at first seemed to do it. But when i just tried to download a backup to the drive filezilla froze up again.

So something is def up with this drive and im not sure what, the smaller files it seems to have no problem with, but anything that is more than 1gb it just stops responding.

Any ideas, this drive is less than 2 years old, i think i got it early last year.

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I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post but I hope admins can move it if so.

I think I'm in a screwed position which is frustrating me...
Here's the story...

So basically my buddy asked me to format his computer that had linux in it...

Before I even started, I backed up his personal pictures and files to my external hard drive..

After this was accomplished I began the process of Installing a fresh copy of Windows..

1) I accidently unpartitioned my External...which has 2 SATA 500GB Seagates in a Nexstar enclosure. It isn't formatted just unpartitioned...

2) To fix this I acquired Partition Table Doctor...I tried fixing the partition using this program...but for some odd reason it didn't work. I didn't really read the Guide to using this but I skimmed through it and it seemed pretty straight forward.

This didn't work and my laptop did regcognize the drive but didn't show up as Hard drives with letters attached.

My second problem is.. during this stage.. it said there was an error with sectors on my C drive...It asked me if I wanted to fix it and so I did...

I rebooted my laptop once more and BOOM... my Vista wouldn't boot....
and all I got was a black screen and some Funny Characters located at the top left part of the screen...

Can someone lead me to the write direction? I'm totally lost and not sure how to recover my files and fix my MBR at this point...

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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Hey everyone,
Well last night I was just enjoying my new computer when the power went off in my house for a second, the power immediately came back on and then.... of course, the same thing happened. No lightning, not even any clouds.
My computer is connected to a brand new (about a week old) cyber power surge protector so I figured everything was ok, when I tried to boot my compuer up again it went trough all of its tests and then a black screen....... I left it for about 10 minutes until I got frusterated and turned it off. I was able to boot up in safe mode but it took forever. I tried a system restore (why not) and then when I restarted I had to wait at the black screen for about 5 minutes and then it booted up.
I have to go through this everytime now and sometimes I have a problem shutting down.
Once everything boots up everything in windows works fine eccept it wont recognize my external hard drive. I can hear that the computer sees it but it wont come up!?!
Do you think that it is a hardware issue now or is it the mobo, or something else? I just dont know! It is wierd that windows still functions fine once it is up....
Could anyone PLESE give me any advice on the situation! Im not exactly an expert when it comes to this so I am completely lost

Thank you!

Answer:Vista-Black screen on boot up, wont recognize external hard drive


let if fail and then take it back to where you got it from , assuming its a new PC it should have warranty with it.


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I have a HP DV6600 with a fresh HP factory install of Vista SP1. Newest Bios update, and virus free. When I boot up i see the HP screen with boot options down across the bottom(F2, F9, F10 etc) then it goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor in upper left corner. The hard drive lcd does not blink at all. If I reboot and press F9 to select boot options that menu comes up. The only option there is Internal Hard disk or Enter Setup. If I select Internal Hard disk it will boot every time and run great from there on out, untill I go to restart it again. Any suggestions?

Answer:I can only boot with select boot device- hard disk

Sounds like your hard not your first boot should be.


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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?


Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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I have a task bar, but can't use start button. my problem is I am trying to use the installed camera to make a video

Answer:Windows 7 start button does not allow me to select programs

Try restarting Windows then try All Programs again.

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Ok, I have googled this error and see this is common. Hopefully, I have missed something simple. I replaced my hard drive and installed the complete version of Windows 7 Home Premium. All worked great, till the next day when I turned the PC back on. I get the error message: reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in select boot device. If I restart and hold F2 and go in Bios, exiting with or without changes will allow the PC to boot into windows, however, once I power down and restart, I get the same error message. I have tried booting with the Window 7 disk, perform repair and even reloaded the entire OS again. Same issue. I arrange the boot order, found that windows recognized my hard drive, etc...all the things listed as possible fixes for this error. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. The new hard drive is a sata, 1 tb. It replaced the maxtor diamond 9, 260gig. Very frustrated here and it doesn't help that I have limted PC knowledge beyond what I have tried.

Answer:reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in select bo

Check all the cables.

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I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?


Answer:Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem

OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I&#8217;ve seen this section called &#8216;On Chip Config&#8217; on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it&#8217;s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS


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My husband tried to put in new ram and he has done it before with out a hitch the computer is asking reboot and select
proper boot drive or insert boot media..........and were not sure where to go from this point he has taken the ram out and still nothing...thanks in advance for your help..

Answer:computer asking reboot and select proper boot drive or insert boot media


Originally Posted by trish1977

My husband tried to put in new ram and he has done it before with out a hitch the computer is asking reboot and select
proper boot drive or insert boot media..........and were not sure where to go from this point he has taken the ram out and still nothing...thanks in advance for your help..

Hello trish1977,

Check all the connections and make sure that nothing was bumped loose

while adding the RAM. Also will the system boot to the BIOS if so are

see if the drives are being recognized.

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i'm using windows 7, my external hard drive shows up in my devices and printers section but it won't show up as a drive, so i can't view any files in that external hard drive. if i put a memory card in, it shows up as a drive and a flag shows up for when i want to unplug that drive and it asks if i want to remove my external hard drive too.

normally when i turn on the external hard drive it autoplays but it doesn't do that anymore.

i don't understand why it shows up in my devices and printers but not as a drive when i open windows explorer.

i've looked into the external hard drives properties and it all says that the device is working properly.

Answer:problem with external hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Go into Control Panel (classic view) ---> Administrative Tools ---> Computer Management ---> Disk Management.

In bottom-right pane, if you see a horizontal band representing a drive with no drive-letter assigned to it, that's the cause of your problem. You need to give it a drive-letter:

Right-click that horizontal band and choose "Change drive letter and paths".

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Hey, I'm building a computer and I have just about everything I need with the exception of a hard drive. How do I select one that will work for my computer?

What is the best hard drive for money spent on the market today?


Answer:How Do I Select A Hard Drive?

well in my opinion look at Western Digital>Seagate>Mactor>anything else, thats in order of preference. list the motherboard you have, or just tell me if it has SATA

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Sorry, this question may seem a little simple. I'm having trouble reinstalling Windows 7, so I booted into Ubuntu via USB to format the drive, it told me my hard drive is likely to fail soon, and I have a feeling it has as I am unable to install any Linux or other OS onto it.
I have taken an photo of the hard drive, but it keeps failing to upload so I'll type it all:

320GB WD3200BPVT

S/N: WXH1A15A8946


Date: 30 Jun 2011
DCX: AZ04E5488

It is a Western Digital.

I am looking to either purchase the same model or a cheaper/better model. I am not looking to go over $30-$40 AUD. Is an SSD is available for a reasonable price to this then I might buy it. If anyone can please tell me the information which is needed to find a drive that would be compatible and fit into my Acer Aspire 753 that's be great. Also if you can find links to sites for the Hard drives you recommend, that would be great too.

Thanks in advance for your time and effort-Delucs

Answer:How do I select a new hard drive based on my drive info

That is a 2.5" drive so you can use just about any 2.5" laptop drive. I would really go with a better quality than a blue drive [which is what you have] The black series has a 5yr warranty vs the 2yr warranty for a blue drive; that alone should tell you about quality. Here is an example of what you need;

Remember you need either the recovery disk OR a regular ms install dvd to install the os on your new drive.

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This problem started on 7 Nov. 2015
Left Click on Start, Edge and WiFi does not activate them. I have tried a lot of suggestions on other forums to no avail. Additionally, one of the suggestions was to create a new user which did NOT directly from Control Panel. I used a work around to create a user and when trying to sign on got a service could not start.

Answer:Start Button, Windows Key, Add New User and Select WiFi network stopped working in Windows 10, how can I fix it?

What/which service could not start?

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I have windows 7 on one drive C: and XP on D: How do I create a boot select at startup? Thanks

Answer:how do I create a select boot for 2 hard drives

Since you have two HD's just set the preferred one to boot first in BIOS setup, then if you want to boot the other tap the one-time Boot Menu key which is F12 on Dell.

This is the cleanest method of booting two OS's because the HD's remain independent and are free to come and go as you please. A Windows-managed Dual Boot menu interlocks them and makes them harder to remove.

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