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Hello,
okay first I read all threads regarding this topic but wasn't able to find any help.
I have a USB-HDD and also a Mainboard which supports to boot from USB-HDD.
My issue: I want to install a version of Windows newer then 3.1 on my USB-HDD and then boot from the USB. And there shouldn't be anything left on the PC System itself.
My thought: While booting I enter the BIOS and switch off the normally used fixed HDD, this way there shoudln't be any trace on the HDD. Then I change the boot sequence to "USB-HDD".
My problem: I can install WinXP Prof. on the logical partition of my USB-HDD but when it restarts to complete the installation I get a bluescreen telling me more or less that it wasn't able to find the USB-HDD and boot from it.

I just would like to now if there is really no way to run a version of Windows on a USB-HDD??
If it really isnÄt possible, is there any other system with which I can use programs like Photoshop or Macromedia Flash and which supports be botted from a USB-HDD?

Thanks a lot already for your answers!
 

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I ran into the same issue with 2K Pro. I had a 2.5" adapter and wanted to create a portable boot drive. It didn't work and since I didn't disable my PC's internal drives they got confused and I ended up having to reinstall.

Next time I'll just put it into the PC and drop the OS on it.
 

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Thanks for the link to Puppy Linux.
The only problem is that it doesn't support programs like Photoshop CS2 and Macromedia Flash MX and programs like that which are really crucial for me to be able to run them on the USB-HDD-System.

You know what I thought of...
because it is possible to copy the files which are neccessary to install XP on the USB-HDD only when it restarts to complete the installation it isn't possible to connect to the USB-HDD. I read now that the problem is that the USB-Drivers are always loaded after the BIOS already accessed Windows.
So here is my thought:
Isn't it possible to start the USB drivers with a kind of boot floppy/USB-thumbdrive and then redirect it on the USB-HDD to access the4 WinXP there?
 

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Well, you can possibly boot to a win98/me usb, but not the NT platforms (200x, xp).

Most important is windows platforms are not transportable like some linux. For instance a puppy or beatrix or knoppix linux Live distro can run virtually on any pc, whereas windows builds itself for the system it's installed on.
is there any other system with which I can use programs like Photoshop or Macromedia Flash and which supports be botted from a USB-HDD?
You can custom build a linux distro to suit your needs and there's tonnes of applications available (freeware!) at Sourceforge.

Here's an example, 1 item from 17 pages of multimedia editors...
K-3D is a complete free-as-in-freedom 3D modeling, animation and rendering system.

K-3D features a robust, object oriented plugin architecture, designed to scale to the needs of professional artists. It is designed from the ground up to generate motion picture quality animation using RenderMan compliant render engines.
http://k3d.sourceforge.net/
Raster-Based
http://sourceforge.net/softwaremap/trove_list.php?form_cat=108

Vector-Based
http://sourceforge.net/softwaremap/trove_list.php?form_cat=107

Browse the different catagories...
http://sourceforge.net/softwaremap/trove_list.php?form_cat=18
 
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