March 5th, 2005, 02:50 PM
Dual boot (w2k & XP) with a USB external drive BSODs
OK, I've trawled the other posts and nothing quite like this seems to exist out there...
I've a Fujitsu-Siemens S7010 laptop (pre-built with W2kPro by employer). I also have a 40gb IBM Travelstar 2.5 harddisk from an old laptop in a USB case. The laptop supports usb2.0 in the bios (I can see the external drive in my boot order options if its plugged it... before installing any o/s)
So I want to install XP onto the external drive giving me the dual boot option to run w2k on the internal drive or xp on the usb connected drive - since its my employers machine I don't want to mess with the install of the internal drive.
I get as far down the road of the xp install as choosing the partition, formatting the drive (ntfs), copying all setup files to h/d, and setup then reboots the machine. At that point in the install after reboot, as setup continues I get a BSOD stating "inaccessible_boot_device"
The bios sees the external drive, its in the list for boot devices but it just won't play...
do I need additional drivers? I've read dual boots with win/linux products.. so does a dual boot of this nature not work with ms/ms combos?
any help greatly appreciated folks!
March 5th, 2005, 05:55 PM
Is this laptop your work laptop ?
Used by you in your job ?
Then it is quite possible that you are NOT admin on system...........
What logon procedure do you have ? [network ? / This Computer ?]
You may need to speak to your work admins, and ask for permission to set this up, they may want / need to do it for you...............
Is this the ONLY PC you have ?
If you DO have another desktop PC at home, then use THAT for the XP only.
Leave the work one for work only.............
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March 6th, 2005, 03:11 PM
yes - i use it for work
yes - it serves a purpose in what i do professionally
and no - it's not 'quite possible' that i do not have admin rights... one of the first things I ensured.
why would i bother to look towards installing an alternate boot if i had ease of access to other machines? because the OTHER machines are 5000 miles away at home... patronism isn't really what i asked for and I saw this forum as a great meduim for adding technical insight to the problem stumping me... its not as though i said "hey, i just swapped my old laptops h/d with my new one and it doesn't work".. if you can add some value i'll gladly listen and certainly be appreciative...
otherwise... I'll leave you to your opinions - but thanks for the swift response