dell dimension 4500 usb boot

i have dell dimension 4500.
is it capable to usb boot? i have 4GB usb flash disk.
is it faster than 5400rpm IDE hard disk?

or does this work better than regular 5400rpm HDD?
http://cgi.ebay.com/SD-Flash-Memory-to-IDE-Adapter-act-as-Hard-Disk-upto-8G_W0QQitemZ150183115770QQihZ005QQcategoryZ41994QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Hiroyuki TamuraField EngineerAsked:
Who is Participating?
 
MarkCommented:
You wll need to go into the Bios setup, Undr the ADVANCED tab, to check the Boot Configuration settings to see if booting from USB is supported.
To enter Bios setup
1 Turn on (or restart) your computer.

2 When the blue DELLâ„¢ logo appears, press <Del>.

As far as USB 2.0 and a 5400 ide drive the USB 2.0 tops out at 420Mbs(Megabits/second)but in reality no device on a USB chain can use more than two-thirds of the bandwidth. That means bandwidth is usually nearer 320Mbs.  
5400 ide if ATA100 would be 100 MBs(MegaBytes/second)
to translate the Bytes too bits the USB bandwidth is tops 52.5 MBs(MegaBytes/Sec) or 40 MBs if the two thirds rule is used.
So the IDE drive is faster.
0
 
Hiroyuki TamuraField EngineerAuthor Commented:
thank you.
do u think this sd card to ide converter works better than HDD?
sd card can be bottleneck?
0
 
Hiroyuki TamuraField EngineerAuthor Commented:
dell xp installaiton disk said, can't install xp on scsi disk... ahh
0
 
Hiroyuki TamuraField EngineerAuthor Commented:
thank you
0
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.