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  • XP Boot Issue

    Hi ,
    Have a well known issue which Im hoping one of you genius's can help me out.
    I have a sata hdd that is installed in my laptop and running xp pro and a lot of other 3rd party applications.
    I really do not want to reinstall windows on this drive and start from scratch as will be a complete nightmare.
    I have purchased a usb external chasis for this notebook hard drive and want to boot off it.

    Obviously i cannot as it was installed in the sata bay and now have the drive in the usb bay but blue screens and wont boot. Is there any way to do a fix that will allow me to now boot this drive via usb as it was originally installed as sata.

    Please help
    Thanks
    Rob

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    Re: XP Boot Issue

    You could try repairing the installation... maybe if you told us what the blue screen said?

    Question: what problem are you having that would require reinstalling Windows, and how does moving the boot volume to a USB device fix it?
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    • #3
      Re: XP Boot Issue

      More info is needed but almost certainly not. I'd expect the Blue Screen code to be 0x0000007B unmountable boot volume. An internal SATA drive will (likely) have AHCI enabled by default and thus require an AHCI/RAID driver for XP to see it during setup. Connecting this drive via a different interface usually means that XP can read the boot partition but fails almost straight away.

      Sadly it's an XP limitation, Vista is much more robust about such things. Mind you AHCI was pretty much unheard of when XP first shipped 7 years ago.
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      • #4
        Re: XP Boot Issue

        Im not sure if i made myself entirely clear.
        Basically i have a vista machine but also a second hard drive that i put in when i need to be on xp as i have a special software package that doesnt run on vista
        problem is i need alot of disc space so dual boot is not a good idea
        als virtual pc not good as my software is resource and vga hungry. so i want to be able to boot off my xp drive via usb but obvoisuly wont work and wanted to find out if anyone has a fix.
        Thanks
        Rob

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        • #5
          Re: XP Boot Issue

          As previously mentioned, it is unlikely that you will be able to 'fix' this, but one way may be to perform a repair of the installation. However, this is by no means guaranteed to work.
          Gareth Howells

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          • #6
            Re: XP Boot Issue

            You can boot off an external USB drive if the PC's BIOS supports it. Check the boot order in your BIOS and also check that it's up to date.
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            • #7
              Re: XP Boot Issue

              @g00ner: the problem being described is that the XP installation bluescreens when trying to boot it. This is because it was installed onto a SATA hard drive, which is now connected via USB.
              Gareth Howells

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              • #8
                Re: XP Boot Issue

                Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
                @g00ner: the problem being described is that the XP installation bluescreens when trying to boot it. This is because it was installed onto a SATA hard drive, which is now connected via USB.
                Oh yeah - should have read the post properly!!

                Wickeddog needs to buy a SATA to USB adapter then.
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                • #9
                  Re: XP Boot Issue

                  Originally posted by g00ner View Post
                  Oh yeah - should have read the post properly!!

                  Wickeddog needs to buy a SATA to USB adapter then.
                  Agree with the first statement

                  He already HAS a SATA to USB adaptor, just can't boot off it
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                  • #10
                    Re: XP Boot Issue

                    Slipstream the SATA drivers into an XP CD and then do a Repair (2nd Repair option). I would suggest using nLite http://www.nliteos.com/download.html to slipstream the SATA drivers as it is idiot proof. The HDD could then be put back into the laptop while this proceedure is done as there would not be any need for the USB enclosure.

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