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post #11 of 19
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Well , my pc thinks right now that my HD is an external device ( ihave the remove hardware butto)and it boots anyway...
waht about if I boot normally , and then open the files from the external HD? If they had a virus or something , would it affect the boot hd?
post #12 of 19
yeah, your PC will boot. From yuor system drive It just won't boot from the USB device.

And yes, if there are infected files on the USB drive, that can affect your main system. Make sure yuo have virusscanner in place, and open only files you know are safe.
    
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I know , but my objecyive was having my own "system"....
What about eSATA , will windows boot from there?
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eSATA should work.... it's effectively a SATA connector.
    
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Ill use eSATA then....
Are there Sata to IDE cables?
post #16 of 19
You'd likely need eSATA to IDE....
eSATA plugs are different than SATA

Let me check.

Think you need one of those:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822998001

And then a eSATA to SATA cable
    
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post #17 of 19
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I really want to carry the hd , from one place to another. Ill be using it in computers without eSATA conectors, so do i need to get a case, or putting the HD and a power cable in a backpack would be enough?
post #18 of 19
ok

What uis the purpose of this drive then. If you carry it from computer to computer, why do yuo want to boot from it. In any case, you'll only be able to boot one (and only one) rig with it, unless you're extremely lucky to find a PC with identical components.
    
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load dsl on a thumb drive then u can take it to any computer and do whatever
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