Boot from EXT HDD from a cloned copy of Windows XP

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by madcow6993, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. madcow6993 macrumors newbie

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    To briefly explain my situation, I have a stripped down work desktop that runs Windows XP at my home. The desktop allows me to telecommute on days I don't need to be in the office. The machine has proprietary software and my work won't give me a laptop with the software, so my hope is to clone the desktop to an external hdd and boot from that hard drive on my Macbook.

    Is this possible? I have read in other threads that to boot from an external hdd with XP you have to modify the install cd. But this isn't an option for me as I need my macbook to be able to act like a replica of my work desktop. Thanks for your help in advance.
     
  2. patrixl macrumors regular

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    Windows can't boot from a USB hard drive by default, lots of .ini or .sys file (or whichever files, I've never done it only once saw the howto) manipulation is needed.

    IIRC the reason is that once WIndows starts booting, it resets all the USB devices --- thus ends up resetting the hard drive it's booting on, and crashes.


    Patrix.
     

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