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    Can I boot from a removable USB Hard Drive?

    Just like the title says, will the Epia m10K motherboard let me boot from a removable USB hard drive? Any tips on getting this to work?

    The reason: when it gets to -30 celcius here a hard drive left in the car overnight will not spin in the morning. A removable drive will allow me to take my OS and media files inside and keep them warm overnight!

    I know some people have had success booting from removable media cards - but this is by using an IDE -> media card adapter. I'm wondering about booting from a USB device...

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    You'll have to go into the BIOS and check.

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    I made my USB stick bootable. It boots and appears as drive C:. I would guess it would work, unless M$ did something stupid to prevent it. That's probably more likely actually. If you try it, let us know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knubile
    I made my USB stick bootable. It boots and appears as drive C:. I would guess it would work, unless M$ did something stupid to prevent it. That's probably more likely actually. If you try it, let us know.
    What OS did you put on your usb stick? If it's XP, where does your documents and settings folder go since that folder will grow immensely in size when you start adding programs and files.

    Thanks.

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    Hello,

    As far as the epia m10k, the bois can just about boot from any thing that you can throw at it, but the problem is the OS. If you are using XP then NO, cause during the startup it resets the usb controler...go figure, another M$ Wall.

    Hope this helps...I was thinking the same but then I read some info on here somewhere, don't remember..to much info.

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    Blue ZX3: So you are certain that XP won't allow a USB device to be set as the boot drive?

    I am thinking of changing to Win2K anyway...anyone know if Win2K will allow USB devices to be set as a boot drive?

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    makes me happy i live in warm florida

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    Why can't you install Win* on the IDE DOM or something similar and let it use external drive for program files and stuff. It works just fine with Win98SE with 65Mb image on a DOM drive. Will be tricky with the 2000/XP. They require swap space to be present( do not store it on flash ! ). I think it is doable and XP will fit in 350Mb easily.
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