What value a USB hard drive

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Andy Petro, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. Andy Petro

    Andy Petro Guest

    Of what value is an external USB hard drive, without a usb to ide converter,
    when windows does not allow you
    to boot into a usb volume and there is no way that i can attach it directly
    to the system in order for it t boot.
    Using a desktop unit with Win XP pro.
    Andy Petro, Feb 24, 2006
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    Toolman Tim Guest

    In Andy Petro spewed forth:
    What value? Data backup. File relocation and portability. Excellent value if
    you use it for what it is best suited for.
    Toolman Tim, Feb 24, 2006
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  3. Uh...it would have value for any drive tasks that do not require booting.
    Booting is not all one does with a hard drive, generally.
    Blinky the Shark, Feb 24, 2006
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    old jon Guest

    Have you no USB ports ?.
    If not, treat yourself to PCI\USB card and stick it in your
    Then you can Backup your system\software\data, for safe
    When yor OS drive goes belly up, if you`ve got an Image
    of that drive on your USB drive you can Image back to a
    new drive, and be up and running again in half an hour.
    old jon, Feb 24, 2006
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    Plato Guest

    Data backup. Portable, I might add.
    Plato, Feb 25, 2006
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    Mitch Guest

    Isn't it still useful for storing files?

    Use as a boot device isn't the only practical function!

    Although I find it hard to believe Windows hasn't yet made booting from
    USB common -- I thought they would have done that years ago. Doesn't
    everything else?
    Mitch, Feb 25, 2006
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