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How do I installos on externl hard disk enclosure

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I am using window xp desktop and would like to install visa from recovery cd to new hard drive for a laptop  using hard disk enclosure
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by:arnold
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You have to provide the additional drivers (F6) to load up the USB drivers and then see whether the installer will detect the USB connected drive. If it shows up on the list, you can install there and would have to make sure that your Motherboard can be configured to boot from a USB attached hard drive.
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by:simplytech
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My desktop does recognize my usb hd enclosre so install the recovery cd would I need to change the bios to external hard drive in order to boot the hard drive in the enclosure
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Remember that if you install a Windows OS to an external drive if you move it to other hardware it will want reactivating.  Because of this installation to a drive where the media is marked as removable is blocked by default.
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by:nobus
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i would install the OS on the pc it is intended to run, because it will also need different drivers, (for CPU, disk, devices)
any reason you don't want to do it like that?
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by:noxcho
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I assume you want to recover the OS from some backup image to external HDD - not to perform installation from DVD to it, am I correct?
If no then you cannot install OS to external USB drive. The problem is that USB drivers are loaded after Windows interface is loaded. Thus you get immediate problem - OS cannot boot from USB drive.
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