Boot Vista from external 2.5 sata USB enclosure

Posted: 01-06-2009, 04:23 AM

Hey there folks, I've had a problem with my laptop recently and I'm
unable to boot from my hard drive.

I can't boot off my regular internal 2.5 sata drive (BIOS doesn't
recognize any drives as being installed, no hard drive found type
errors), the drive itself is in perfect working order (installed it into
another laptop and Vista booted flawlessly on the first try) but it
seems the Harddrive interface on the motherboard is whats fried. So as a
temporary workaround I bought an external drive enclosure for the drive
and was hoping to just boot from USB and use that temporarily but Vista
keeps crashing during start-up. After digging around on the net for a
while I've found some posts that say you can't boot Vista from USB, you
can do it from an eSata external but not from a regular USB 2.0 type
enclosure. Since I'd found conflicting evidence of this I thought I
would post it here and see what others might have to say or suggest.
Thanks for reading.


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davemacD

Boot Vista from external 2.5 sata USB enclosure


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Rick Rogers
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Re: Boot Vista from external 2.5 sata USB enclosure
Posted: 01-06-2009, 11:39 AM
Hi,

What you've read is correct. The throughput for the USB connection is far
too slow for it to work, and Vista does not/will not support installing to
or booting from this type of connection.

As to your problem, it may simply be the sata cable that is bad, I'd try a
different one before bothering with the eSata method.

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Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com

"davemacD" <guest@unknown-email.com> wrote in message
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>
> Hey there folks, I've had a problem with my laptop recently and I'm
> unable to boot from my hard drive.
>
> I can't boot off my regular internal 2.5 sata drive (BIOS doesn't
> recognize any drives as being installed, no hard drive found type
> errors), the drive itself is in perfect working order (installed it into
> another laptop and Vista booted flawlessly on the first try) but it
> seems the Harddrive interface on the motherboard is whats fried. So as a
> temporary workaround I bought an external drive enclosure for the drive
> and was hoping to just boot from USB and use that temporarily but Vista
> keeps crashing during start-up. After digging around on the net for a
> while I've found some posts that say you can't boot Vista from USB, you
> can do it from an eSata external but not from a regular USB 2.0 type
> enclosure. Since I'd found conflicting evidence of this I thought I
> would post it here and see what others might have to say or suggest.
> Thanks for reading.
>
>
> --
> davemacD
 
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