Installing Windows on an external USB HDD
Posted on 2004-11-30
I would like to install Windows 2000 on an external USB HDD (Maxtor). Initially, I tried a new install, but the USB drive was not detected during install, even if I added the USB storage via F6.
Next I did a fresh install on my internal HDD, added all the necessary drivers (USB, etc) and created a Ghost image. This Ghost image was then placed onto the USB HDD. The bios on my server has been modified to boot from the USB HDD (the bios sees the USBn HDD as a hard disk, so I have alter the priorities of hard disk, so that the USB is 1st and the internal 2nd).
On server reboot, the initial part of the reboot from USB happens, however, halfway through the Windows logo screen, it BSOD with an error "inaccessible_boot_device".
What I think is happening, it that I have not altered the boot.ini, so it looks at this and then fails.
1. is a bootable external USB HDD with Windows feasible?
2. am I going about this the right way?
3. if so, what needs to go into the boot.ini