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OS not booting from external USB Device

Hi, I have two systems. One system is a desktop with XP Pro installed, and the other is a laptop, with XP Media Center Edition installed. My laptop recently had a graphic card failure and is currently awainting repair. I decided in the meantime to remove the HDD from the laptop and use it with the desktop, via an external usb 2.0 caddy..
I updated the BIOS for the desktop MOBO and configured BIOS to bot from a USB device. The PC tried to boot, but I got a BSOD. The STOP error was 0x0000007B (0xF7B0E528, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000).
From the info I found on the net, it looks like it's either thst the HDD isn't configured properly, or that NTLDR (etc) is/are pointing at the wrong place.
Am I going to have to run recovery console, to correct the info in the MBR or NTLDr or something similar ?
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KCTSCommented:
Its more likely to be a mismatched HAL. The hardware on the systems is not the same and the HAL and/or drivers are failing as they are expecting different hardware. best to leave well alone and wait until you repair the other machine.
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sithlord3kAuthor Commented:
So if I  need to access inportant files etc, it's best to access the USB drive as a mass storage device, via XP Pro ?
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sithlord3kAuthor Commented:
What about making an image of the usb Drive, and then burining the image on to a proper IDE drive ?
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phototropicCommented:
Agree with KCTS. You can't just move a harddrive to another pc and then boot back into Windows.
If you feel you really must do this, the way forward would be to set your pc to boot from your CD Rom drive, boot from your XP CD and then run a repair install of XP:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

But why do you need to boot from this drive?  As you said, you should be able to access the data it holds as a slave in My Computer.
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KCTSCommented:
.. or configure the drive from the "dead PC" as a slave in the working PC - but don't try and boot from it .
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KCTSCommented:
Opps - sorry "phototropic" already said that
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phototropicCommented:
Precisely...
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phototropicCommented:
KCTS,

My "precisely" post was in response to your "...or configure..." post.  I've only just seen your "oops" post...

sithlord3k,

You get the idea...
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KCTSCommented:
No offence :-)
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sithlord3kAuthor Commented:
ok, the thing is, that my laptop was a fully tweaked setup. I've still got loads of files that need to be unrared, and loads of files waiting to download in flashget etc.
my relpacement laptop will take about 20 woking days to arrive, and in the meantime i've only got an old AMD 1800+ to use. I only bought the thing to muck arond on as part of my A+ studies, so it's not exactly top spec. And, it's always faster to transfer data from an internal drive (if I can image the drive) rather than via usb
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KCTSCommented:
By all means connect the drive from the dead machince to your AMD1800 as a slave (via USB or whatever) and read the data from it that way. but you can't just image your MCE pc and expect the image to work on totally different hardware.
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