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T480 can't boot from external HDD?

Q: T480 can't boot from external HDD?

I bought a T480 with an HDD, but I've since bought a Samsung 960 Evo and installed it into the laptop bay, and I want to clone the HDD to the SSD by booting from the HDD externally, but that doesn't work. I'm using a Sabrent USB 3.0 hard drive adapter kit to power and connect the HDD externally. I looked around for solutions just can't boot the HDD externally, even after going to BIOS and disabling secure boot and changing UEFI/legacy boot option to both.

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A: T480 can't boot from external HDD?

Usually one must format the SSD before use, then connect it with a USB adapter to clone the existing HDD to it.

Steps that I employ...


Purchase SSD
Read SSD user guide, download manufacture software
Format SSD using manufacture software
hookup SSD to target computer via USB (notebook) or SATA (desktop)
Clone HDD to SSD via manufacture software / thrid party software
Verify information on SSD matches HDD
Remove HDD, replace with SSD
Boot the computer (notebook) verify installation / cloning works
Store HDD in safe location (as back up device)

This procedure works 99% of the time, but there is always the 1% that I have to work around otherwise.

Good luck.

CB

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Hello Lenovo community, I need assistance regarding finding compatible external batteries for the T480. So far I have found 2 compatible T480 external batteries : (1) https://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/accessories-and-monitors/chargers-and-batteries/batteries/BATT-BO-Thin... (2) The second battery is the 72 watts also called "61++" However, after contacting chat support, we found that the battery was not listed. Only the 24 watts were listed. If anyone is searching for the part number for the 72 watts' battery, the number is "4X50M08812" I am posting to save other "T480" buyers' time if they are having an issue finding the 24 and 72 watts' batteries. Lastly, if anyone comes across other  external batteries that are compatible with the T480 that I have missed, please help me us out by adding to this post. Sincerely, T480 Enthusiast

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I'm trying to connect 3 external monitors (while the laptop is closed) and not sure if I can do this directly from the laptop or I need a docking station. If I need a docking station, which one do I need?  I have the base model T480 laptop (purchased in Mar 2019).   The three monitors are HP 23.8-inch FHD IPS Monitors (HDMI/VGA ports):https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072M34RQC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1  Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

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Hi, I have a new t480s with the intel uhd 620 driver, windoze 10.  Most of the time it is docked and an external monitor on displayport. Whenever the monitor powers off the windows all resize to what looks like the size of the 480 screen, so I have to rearrange everything each time.  Anyone find a fix or workaround? I saw posts from intel saying they are ignoring the issue and blaming MS on it. Thanks!

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Hi, I'm a bit confused after checking out the spec sheets of the T480 and T480s. Sometimes I read it has 1 USB-C port and sometimes it seems to have 2...  What I would like to do is to:- Charge the T480(s) via USB-C adapter- Connect a USB-C external monitor via USB-C and power the external Monitor via that USB-C "cable" Both at the same time. Is this possible with the T480/T480s without using a dock?

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Hello,I have ThinkPad T480 and want to connect Lenovo L2250p external display (it has only DVI and VGA inputs) The display is currently equiped with miniDisplayPort to DVI cable (I used it with older T450)I borrowed USB-C to MiniDP(female) adapter, and try to connect USB-C Thuderbolt 3 port, but the signal didn't went through. iThe adapter must be working because in office I tried to connect the same way also Projector beamer (equipped with MiniDP>HDMI adapter) and signal went through. I thought the USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port is capable of sending DVI signal, or is there too many conversions/adapters connected? Does anyone know what can be the problem? Thanks a lot.

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I have a T480 with Windows 10 Pro connected to a Dell U3415W monitor via a DisplayPort to HDMI cable via a 40AJ0135US Ultra Dock (DisplayPort side connected to the docking station, HDMI connected to the monitor).  While using this setup, I will occasionally (sometimes quite frequently) get black-outs in the monitor for a few seconds and then the display returns without issue.  Its extremely annoying and interrupts my work.  Often, restarting the laptop will help resolve it for a while but it always returns in some fashion. I have run the ThinkPad Docking Station FW updater and it said everything is up to date.  Additionally, Lenovo System Update is 100% updated.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello, Looking for recommendations for a docking station for Thinkpad T480, with Intel video,  that will support 3 external monitors (all) at 2560??1440 resolution. Thanks

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I'm trying to connect my T480 to an external display using the left side USB-C ports. When I plug in the external monitor using a (USB-C to DVI cable), Windows 10 displays an error message like: "USB not recognized. The last USB device you connected to this computer malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it". According to T480 user guide those ports should work with an external monitor, so is this a hardware issue? All drivers are up to date.

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I have a remote user who cannot get into her laptop this morning. The Lenovo homew screen comes up for a log time, then it says going into Boot manager but the only thing available in the Boot Menu is "PCI Lan".  I had her go to the APP Menu and run the diagnostics but everything seemed to pass.  We tried resetting the PC using a paperclip, tried getting into the Boot manager on startup using F2 and it doesn't do anything but go in a continuous loop of rebooting and only getting to the Lenovo screen and sometimes into this virtually empty Boot manage. Any help is appreciated, laptop is less than 6 months old.  

A:T480 Doesn;t boot, only shows PCI LAN in Boot manager

It sounds like your disk or SSD has died and does not respond at power up.  Assuming you have a normal warranty, call support.  In U.S. it is 1-800-426-7378

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Hi,New T480 user, with a new T480.I have a USB that I want to boot from for a temporary Linux session.I did the following:(1) Placed the USB key into the USB port(2) Restarted laptop(3) selected "Enter" when the red Lenovo logo starts on restart(4) selected the "boot from external device" option on the menu that appears(5) On the next menu that appears, I can see my USB key listed, but when I select it and press enter, nothing happens. It just stays on the same menu.I have tried this several times, restarting from both my admin account, and my windows account (I have these separate for security purposes), but cannot get it to work.Any suggestions?Thanks in advance

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Hello,I have a problem with my brand new T480.It is a campus model upgraded to 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD.Today, I installed Windows 10 without problems and updated the bios (1.12).After severals reboots I recognized, after the Lenovo boot logo,is a delay with approximately 30 seconds until the Windows 10 boot icon appears. During the delay there is only in the left corner a blinking underscore. I changed boot order and activated diagnostic boot.I see directly after the boot informations for <1sec the message "Thinkvantage active protection sensor diagnostics start." (I don't know if this is normal.) Then again the delay of 30seconds, until Windows 10 boots. I downgraded bios back to 1.11. Still same problem.I installed debian but still the delay.Also I set the bios to default values. Is the hardware damaged?  

A:T480 boot delay

Germany is a long distance from San Francisco, and I cannot be sure without seeing the machine, but I can say that a bad SSD can act like you describe.

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When I upgraded to a P51 a year ago, I was a able to change a BIOS setting to Legacy and my previous T510 Win 10 Pro system SSD booted right up via USB on the P51?with that established I then physically installed it as the internal C-drive, smoothest laptop upgrade I?ve ever had.Now I want to do the same thing?use my existing system from the P51 in the T480?but I can?t get it to boot from a T480 USB?unable to find anything in BIOS to let it boot.So I then even physically installed the P51 SSD in place of the new factory internal T480 SSD just in case it was some USB unique issue, but it still wouldn?t boot up.Hoping someone has first-hand experience / knowledge / resolution for this, thanks a lot.

A:Can’t get a new T480 to boot up from a USB drive.

Does the below post help you?  The other person had the same issue of not being able to boot from USB.  I dont know if you have the same issue or not.
 
https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/New-T480s-boot-from-SDHC-or-USB/m-p/4195...

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T480 doesn't boot while dock is attached via USB-CBoth latptop and USB-C dock station has the latest BIOS/Firmware If I boot the laptop without docking attached boots normally, otherwise is hanging on Lenovo prompt to press key in order to interrupt normal startup, laptop keyboard seems unrenspossive. Docking works ok after the windows starts loading

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I have a new T480 with a 512 PCI-e M.2 SSD, i7-8650u, 32GB of RAM... but it takes 35-40 seconds to boot from pressing the power button to the login screen, which is much slower than my 4-5 year old ThinkPad with much inferior hardware. When the red Lenovo screen appears at boot, it stays here for a long while before reaching the login screen. Any thoughts?

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Hi All, First, thanks in advance for bearing with my ineptitude and noobness when it comes to computers! Just got a new T480 - i5 vpro.  It came with 16gb ram and an M.2 256gb hard drive w/ Windows 10.  It booted up fine and I set up the computer no problem.  The laptop I had before this one was a T460 that was running fine with a Sata3 Samsung 860 EVO 1tb hard drive and Windows 10.  All my work and stuff is on that HD and I wanted to just simply transfer it over to the T480.  I took it out, ordered the SATA adapter cable for the T480, and when the adapter arrived, swapped HDs with no physical problem. The problem, however, was once I booted up the T480 with my old 1tb HD, it won't boot.  It keeps getting stuck on a Boot Menu/App Menu, Windows Boot Manager screen (see attached picture).  I tried continuing the booting process by selecting each of those options (windows boot manager, ATA HDD0, and PCI LAN) but each time, it ends up back at the same screen.  If I leave the computer on that screen, it will after a delay keep trying to boot and each time coming back to that screen.  The other picture is something else I will see pop up momentarily during the attempted boot process. I called Lenovo factory support but after speaking to two of the reps (I got disconnected while on hold with the first one), the conversatiosn didn't leave me with a very confident feeling abou... Read more

A:T480 stuck on Boot Menu/App Menu Windows Boot Manager screen

One possibility is that you you have a non UEFI setup on the SSD and secure boot is turned on.  In the BIOS, under security, turn off secure boot.  Under the startup tab, select both/legacy first.
 
Also, if you are running windows 7, it isn't supported on T480

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T480 doesn't boot while dock is attached via USB-CBoth laptop and USB-C dock station has the latest BIOS/Firmware If I boot the laptop without docking attached, laptop boots normally, otherwise is hanging on Lenovo prompt to press key in order to interrupt normal startup, laptop's keyboard seems unrenspossive. Docking works OK after Windows OS start loading

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I have my laptop set to hibernate when closing the lid and starting yesterday (had this for about a month), upon waking up, I get stuck on the windows boot manager. Even if I exit out from it, it comes back to this screen. The only workaround is to force a reboot. I'm recent with both lenovo and windows update and ran lenovo diagnostics but everything comes out ok. Reset the BIOS settings to default as well. But to no avail. Setting the boot priority to my SSD first does nothing as well. 

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When we have a USB Mouse and or Keyboard plugged into the laptop or the ThinkPad Pro Dock (M3F00) it will not boot, it will boot however if we turn off the USB UEFI Bios Support off, then we will have to use the laptop keyboard to logged in. Then the external mouse and keyboard will start working after that.How do we get this to work with the external keyboard and mouse. Seems to be a hit and miss issue with our organization.Added note...Mcafee Endpoint Encryption is also installed, and the system will lock up either before or at the McAfee login screen. Machine Type Model: 20L6S0SJ00Operating SystemWindows 10 (64-bit)Processor: 1x Intel Core i7-8650U Processor(Core i7-8650U)Memory: 2x 16GBDDR42400Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64(EN:English)Hard Drive: 1x 512PCIeNVMeOPALWireless Network: 1x Bluetooth Version 4.1Ports: 1x RJ-45Camera: 1xGraphics: 1x Intel UHD 620Monitor: 14.0 FHDIncluded Service: Sealed Battery Replacement

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T440-T480 Connected to Aten KVM deck won't show pre-OS Boot display when connected to HDMI/Mini-DP unless I change the bios setting in display to boot to anything other than "Lenovo Thinkpad LCD".  Changing this bios setting on every machine that gets built out at this company isn't necessarily an option, or at least not the first one we want to take (for multiple reason I'll spare you from here).   So, is there any other way to get them to display this way that doesn't require a bios change? Much the same way that they would display the boot screen when docked and started up, they should do the same thing when connected to HDMI/Mini-DP and started up.  

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I've been trying to select "Legacy Boot" bios option in my brand new T480 to no avail.What i tried:-setting Secure Boot Disabled,-setting Reset to Setup Mode,-setting OS Optimized Defaults Disabled / Load Setup Defaults,-updated BIOS to 1.21 version. UEFI/Legacy Boot is still greyed out and locked to UEFI Only so I cannot boot my usb disks. My system came with Intel Optane installed and controller mode is set to RST mode.  

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Hello.I have T480 (20L50005MC) laptop with Intel Optane card in M2 slot. It fails to boot with   1802 Unauthorized network card error is plugged in - Power off and remove the network card (8086/2522/8086/3811). Thes happened in a week after recent BIOS update (to 1.16)Latest BIOS (1.18) didn't help, but laptop can boot up without Optane card.  Any suggestions appreciated. 

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I'm wondering if this is at all possible on an external HARD DRIVE, not FLASH STICK.

I'd like to be able to take a large external hard drive, and partition the first 20% to use for boot images with some kind of boot loader, and the rest for data partitions.

Otherwise, can someone help me find an article to show how to get the following onto a usb flash drive along with a boot loader (and how big of a flash drive do i need?)

-ubuntu live environment
-bart PE
-ultimatebootcd
-disk wipe
-windows xp install
 

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Hi - I'm having a problem with booting and getting a black/blank LCD screen with an external montior connected via the displayport on Windows 10. I've tried the option of disabling fastboot in the power settings but this only relieves the problem during a restart rather than from a cold boot. The graphics mode is set to 'discrete' rather than 'hybrid' (which seemed resolve the issue for those using a dock). If I hibentate then resume the LCD screen displays.. Anyone experiencing the same problems or have a solution ? Many thanks

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I bought a cheap HDD enclosure from ebay to use my laptop HDD as a portable OS, as the laptop is dying.

The HDD boots fine in the laptop but when connected through the enclosure to my PC or two laptops it gets to the point where the four windows blobs join on the bootscreen, briefly BSOD's and then reboots.

It will also boot into windows startup repair but is unable to repair anything or find a solution.

I have tried two of these enclosures so I am pretty sure it's an issue with them but if this is common then I imagine there is a fix of some kind?

Thanks in advance

A:HDD won't boot through external enclosure but will boot on mobo

Windows won't work like that, the drivers are different and you will face authentication/genuine issues even if you can boot.

You would need https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_To_Go for that and that is Win8 Enterprise feature.

A bit unrelated but to install on a USB drive you can use [project] PWBoot &#60;Latest version: 3.0.2&#62; - Project forge - reboot.pro

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Hi Guys

The last time I re-installed Win7, I created a 5GB partition on my external hdd, marked it as active and then extracted a downloaded ISO of Win7 to the partition. Using the boot manager, I could select boot from USB and everything worked fine. Complete success.

I thought that it would be useful to replace the extracted win7 ISO with an extracted ISO of a boot utility disk. I have tried several, but none are working. Two, show no message at all and the system resorts to booting from the internal hdd, the third gives a "BOOTMGR is missing" error.

Am I doing something wrong or have I downloaded boot utility disks that don't work.

If it's the former, what have I missed? If it's the latter, where can I find a reliable boot disk with good utilities that will work from an external hdd.

Thanks in advance.

A:Failing to boot boot-utility from external hdd

Some boot disk use Windows Boot Loader (Win Vista,7,8) or NTLDR (WinXP) but some use GRUB4DOS and some use IsoLinux or SysLinux. Depending on what boot loader they use determines which boot sector the drive will need. A couple can use one or another.

If the boot disk contains a file called

BOOTMGR then it uses Windows Boot Loader (Win Vista,7,8)
NTLDR then it's WinXP's
GRLDR or menu.lst then it's GRUB4DOS

I am not familiar with IsoLinux or SysLinux but I think there will be at least isolinux.cfg or syslinux.cfg.

Determine the bootloader used and I can help with installing the correct boot sector as long as it's not IsoLinux or SysLinux.

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Hi there. Firstly some information. Trying to install vista to my laptop (which is currently XP), however to do this i need to boot from disk at start up. Now here's the problem, my CD/DVD disk drive has dissapeared of the laptop and currently all attempts to recover sed drive have failed I have carried out several "boot from disk" installations however as this is not an option for me i was wondering if i could mount the image (vista) to a hardrive and boot from the external hardrive instead of disk. Is this possible or not? also if this isnt possible would it work if i was to connect an external cd/dvd drive? Many thanks

A:Boot from External HDD?

Hi
Sure it's possible. Many laptops don't even have a cd/dvd drive anymore.
More detailed help can be found for example here:
http://www.hard-drive-help.com/boot-...ard-drive.html

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I have an older computer that I can't afford to replace.
I have come up with an idea that I want to know if it will work.
I have a company computer that gets replaced every couple of years or so. It came with a docking station that is not being used.
I am wondering if I can load up an external hdd with an os and all my stuff. When wanting to use my home computer I could boot up using the external hdd with the laptop in the docking station with my 22in monitor, printer etc hooked up.
That way my home stuff stays separate from my work stuff.
Thanks
 

A:external hdd boot up

If a computer supports booting to an external drive / device, you are in luck.

Do you intend to use the Dell Dim 4300? What kind of connection will the external HDD use; USB; 1394 / Firewire; eSATA?

At what level would you describe your computer skill level?

Do you know what the BIOS is and how to enter it? If yes to both, go into the BIOS & look for boot order / sequence / preferences.

If you refer to a Dell computer, please provide the service tag, so we can look up the computer's specifications. Service Tag; NOT express service code.

RF123
 

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Hi all!I bought new LG External Super Multi DVD Rewriter (Model GP08LU11) because the internal one is not working properly. Now I want to boot Windows 7 DVD from the external device but there is no option! There is only 3 options:1 - Internal HDD2 - CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive3 - Onboard NICI have Dell XPS M1530 and I update my BIOS with the last version A12 !!! When I connect the device in the notebook works fine - I can read and write DVDs! But I have no luck when I'm trying to boot the DVD - the device is not listed like a boot option! I have no problems with others notebooks and desktops! Can someone help me please?

A:Boot from External DVD RW

For Dell XPS M1530:
Connect your external dvd drive and start your computer.
Press F2 to enter your Bios. Then lookup : On Board Devices\Module bay device. Make it Off. Save and Exit the Bios. Your computer will boot on your external DVD drive

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My b/f has two very old IDE/ATA hdd's from some now dead lappys. Both hdd's are living in external usb enclosures. Both have win XP installed. He has a brand new lenovo laptop with win7 64 bit installed. He wants to be able to boot the comp from the old hdd's. He set the boot order in BIOS to boot from the USB first, but it would not boot from either of the old hdd's in this way. I'm not sure the specifics because I wasn't there, but the computer froze and/or threw errors when trying to boot from either. Is there some trick to making this work? The computer DOES recognize both hdd's in "My Computer", it just won't boot from them. He plans to wipe win XP from one of the drives and install ubuntu

A:Trying to boot from external ATA HDD

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Seijun


My b/f has two very old IDE/ATA hdd's from some now dead lappys. Both hdd's are living in external usb enclosures. Both have win XP installed. He has a brand new lenovo laptop with win7 64 bit installed. He wants to be able to boot the comp from the old hdd's. He set the boot order in BIOS to boot from the USB first, but it would not boot from either of the old hdd's in this way. I'm not sure the specifics because I wasn't there, but the computer froze and/or threw errors when trying to boot from either. Is there some trick to making this work? The computer DOES recognize both hdd's in "My Computer", it just won't boot from them. He plans to wipe win XP from one of the drives and install ubuntu


This will not work for many reasons:-
1) No windows OS is designed to be bootable from USB (there are complicated modifications that can be done to system files but dont go there)
2) A windows operating system is installed to a particular computer. You cannot easily take a hard drive from one machine and expect the operating system on it to work with another computer. (the two machines would need to be identical in hardware)

If you intend to install Ubuntu onto one of them, this too will not boot from USB on the majority of systems but modifications can be made fairly easily to the ubuntu boot commands to get it to work.
I would suggest connecting the USB HDD, Download and burn yourself an Ubunt... Read more

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I have an older computer that I can't afford to replace.
I have come up with an idea that I want to know if it will work.
I have a company computer that gets replaced every couple of years or so. It came with a docking station that is not being used.
I am wondering if I can load up an external hdd with an os and all my stuff. When wanting to use my home computer I could boot up using the external hdd with the laptop in the docking station with my 22in monitor, printer etc hooked up.
That way my home stuff stays separate from my work stuff.
Thanks
 

A:external hdd boot up

You CAN do that by setting up a Dual Boot. Look around the net and you will find a small programme that will set it up for you. Then every time you turn on it will ask you which windows you wish to use. Just make sure they both uise the same format i.e.Fat 32 or NTFS
 

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Are searched Help and support on PC. Cannot find what keys to hold when trying to boot from and external HD. Is there key or keys to hold that will show mutilple options to boot from on starting?

My attempts at using macrium, to clone to the 3rd partition of HD did not work i.e. the process erased all of my mac-mini cloned stuff on the 1st partition. After two tries with same result, decided best to get sperate external HD for my PC.

I seem to recall some years back that a PC and mac can cloned to same HD. I dunno but it didn't work for me so;

I found a used Western Digtial with USB ports but fear they might only be 1.0 and clone my PC via Macrium.

Didn't do exactly what I expected but at least it said it cloned successfully. So now, since I can't find info to tell me if Eeternal HD uses 2.0 or 1.0, I thought I would just try and boot from it, and as that is my hope, and will maybe have my answer to the port value.

So what keys do hold to get optional drives to boot from? Or does it work some othere way on a Toshiba PC?


Thanks Rsix

A:How To Boot From External HD

The answer about boot selection can be found in your manual.

User Manuals

When maintaining your laptop, it is always a good idea to have the user manual available to ensure you don't cause more damage than good. If you've disposed of or misplaced your user guide for your Toshiba laptop, find a replacement before tinkering with your machine or to learn and utilize additional features. A good strategy for locating missing user guides is to begin with your laptop manufacturer.

The Toshiba website has user guides for all of their laptop models. These manuals are available for viewing and download as a portable document file (PDF). In addition to these user guides, also view additional guides for known service issues specific to the model of your laptop as well as detailed specs. Whether your Toshiba laptop is new or old, you will find information on it direct from Toshiba.

Eserviceinfo.com provides service manuals in addition to user guides. These guides will assist you in performing routine service on your Toshiba laptop. There are also schematics and other guides available for various Toshiba laptop models that offer further information about your equipment.
Read more: User Guide for Toshiba Laptops | eHow.com User Guide for Toshiba Laptops | eHow.com
http://www.toshiba.co.uk/innovation/...ad_manuals.jsp

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Can anyone recommend an external hard drive that would rival that of an internal hard drive? Or what specs should I look for when searching for that new external? Will a 7200 RPM be sufficient to run all the processing software I plan to run from the external, or should I look for a 10,000 or 15,000 to compensate for the slower connection rates? Any suggestions would be great!

My mission is to configure an external hard drive to boot up Windows XP on a Mac Pro. I'm going to do a test run using a 120 gig external I currently own, and if I can get it running smoothly (using the ngine.com tutorial) I'll purchase a faster (and bigger) external hard drive, at least 500 gigs.

My goal for all this is to run my music processing software all through this Mac Pro for it's quad core computing power, and from the external hard drive so that I can take my work with me wherever I go.
 

A:External HD Boot Up (Best HD?)

If you want speed in an external, get an eSATA extender cable for the MAC Pro and go with an eSATA external enclosure. Same connection speed as your internal SATA drives, so just pick the drive like you would an internal one.
Here's one result from Google, shows a comparison between USB 2.0, Firewire 400 and 800, eSATA and internal SATA on a Mac Pro:
http://macenstein.com/default/archives/678

You could also go with a PCI Express eSATA card to add two ports.

Faster RPM will generally mean faster data transfer. Can also mean more power, and more heat, so make sure the enclosure can handle the power requirements. You may need an enclosure with a cooling fan.

Found this eSATA/USB 2.0 enclosure on Google, large fan and a Temp display. Don't own one, but it looks pretty solid.
HTH

Jerry
 

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I've an 80GB external USB HDD.It is divided
into 2 partitions of 15GB and 65GB(NTFS)
Is there any way I can boot with my external HDD
with a basic GUI interface OS or application
so that I can transfer important documents
from the pc onto my external disk before
formatting?

Plz Help.

Sunny
 

A:Boot from external USB HDD??

you need to cofigure bios settings to boot from external hard drive plenty info on web
http://www.infopackets.com/channels...ve_to_boot_windows_incase_c_drive_crashes.htm
 

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Is there a way to boot to an external harddrive

A:how to boot to a external hd

Yes, go to BIOS setup by presing F2 repeatedly as soon as you turn on your system, inside check if the MoBo detects ur external HDD, if it does, go to the boot section(Every Motherboard is different so i can't tell you exactly how to get there), set harddrive as first to boot, then set also set Harddrive priority, save config to CMOS, and it will restart, then it sohould 1st boot to that external HDD.

Note: I assume that you have an OS on that drive, thats why you want to boot from it, right?

Hope it helps
post your outcome

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At work we've been using HP desktops for a while now and the latest lease for the computer labs and classrooms is the HP 800 G2 all-in-one.I have Ubuntu installed to a USB3 external HDD and run win win10 in a virtualbox image within it for the software that won't run on linux. My problem is the new lease PCs won't see my USB HDD in the bios boot menu. * USb storage boot is enabled** legacy boot enable - secure boot disable (not desirable as not pxe boot available) and legacy boot disable - secure boot enable bot have the same result of not detecting my external HDD*** My USB HDD itself has no problems and I am using the NTFS partition now

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I'm preparing to clone my existing xp os from internal sata 3.5" disk to external 2.5 (or even 1.8") USB hdd via Acronis. The MB is Asus P5B (2007) /it supports usb booting/.
Should i expect any issues with booting from the external drive (beside a bit slow down).
(i know of some bsod issues, with missing usb drivers, a couple years ago. What's the situation now?)

Thanks

A:Boot from an external usb hdd

Hi, view.

Try pressing F12 on bootup, you'll then see your BIOS. Choose to put from USB.

Good luck.

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I have an old G50 with a broken screen it worked on external until it bricked a couple of years ago. Recently my friend wipped the hard drive for me and re formatted it. I have my windows 10 on a usb flash drive but I cant boot from it because I can't see the boot menu on my external display now. I tries the button combination mentioned in another post but it didnt work.

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Hello.

I was considering trying Vista, but I do not want to wipe my installation of XP, just incase I do not like it.

I have 2 hard drives, internal, and one external hard drive.
Would it be possible to boot Vista on the external HD, bearing in mind it run on a FireWire plug?

If it is possible, can someone either walk me through it, or point to somewhere that can walk me through it?

Sorry if this is typed badly, but I have a stinking cold, and cannot concentrate just now

Edit:: I just read that it is impossible on an external.
One of my internals only has about 20-30gb used (160gb drive), if I partitioned that could I install Vista to it? Again, if it is possible, can I get a link to somewhere that can tell me how?

Edit 2:: Sorry found it myself, ignore or delete this please!
 

A:Boot Vista on External HD?

I don't advise trying to boot Vista from an external disk. It's not a supported configuration, and I suspect it would suffer the same fate as XP with the USB controllers being reset during the boot.
 

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I recently decided to start backing up my computer files. I read somewhere you can copy your drive so that way is something goes wrong with your main drive you can still boot from the backup.

I have a Biostar P4M80-m4 Mobo, Windows xp is installed. I was wondering if I backed up to an external enclosure could I boot from that in case something happened to the main drive?

The program I plan on used is R-Drive Image Since it has a 15d trial. I'm using the copy disk feature.

The external enclosure is a next tech

Thanks.
 

A:Boot from External enclosure?

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Hello all, I was searching this issue in the forum but I couldn?t find a valid answer. I need to install Windows XP in an external USB Hard Drive and boot from it.

I intend to boot from my Thinkpad T60 (it is capable of doing it) with an external 320 Gb HD. I tried with some XP Bartz, It worked but I don?t like it; I need a full XP with all the features.

I also tried some link I found here: edited some files from /i386 and generated a new bootable CD, but didn?t work out. This process seems fine until XP boots the first time from USB and after some seconds I get blue screen.

I wonder if someone really could perform this kind of installation before, and if there is some trick to take into account.

I?ll really appreciate an answer.

Thanks!!

A:How to install XP to boot from USB external HD

Hi ordago and welcome to TSF !

Why would you want to do that ? USB means all transfer and access speeds will cap at 30MB/s. You also won't be able to use that external drive to boot another computer because of the hardware changes. Why don't you just install XP on the internal drive ?

Your thinkpad T60 needs to have USB enabled during all the startup process. This depends on the motherboard and BIOS, contact IBM to know what your laptop is capable of. With most computers the USB interface also seems to shutdown at some point before XP starts, XP itself is the problem :
Quote:




During booting, Windows resets the USB port and loses your boot device. That’s why an installation from USB normally fails.




Source : http://www.vandomburg.net/installing...s-xp-from-usb/ (this link provides a solution but you'll need a Windows Server 2003 licence)

Officially Microsoft doesn't support booting XP from USB devices :

Quote:




Q: Can a USB storage device be the primary (and only) means of storage?
No. USB-based mass storage devices cannot be the primary hard disk storage solution on a regular system




Source : http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/archive/usbfaq.mspx

I'm unsure whether we can help you with this here on TSF. This solution involves editing some .inf files, no big deal IMO but it could be seen as a hack so I'd rather have you discuss possible issues on their support forum.

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Hello.I have this really old HP laptop, which originally had Windows Vista. Sadly, one day the HDD decided to break. Now, a long time after, my newer laptop decided to just blow up so it doesn't work anymore. Now, my question is, am I able to use that newer laptops internal HDD, plug it into a USB port on my older laptop with a SATA adapter, and boot the OS from that HDD? The new HDD has Windows 8.1. I tried to look at the BIOS, and it seems that the boot order is USB Diskette on Key/USB Hard Drive, USB Floppy, Internal CD/DVD ROM Drive, Notebook Hard Drive, and Network Adapter. So far I have failed to boot from the HDD, so I'm just wondering will it even work with a HDD from another laptop?

A:How to boot from an internal HDD that is used as external?

EDIT: It is USB 2.0 with 2 different USBs on the adapter, just stuck the other one in and it said that there is no "boot device" on my HDD.

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Hi Guys

I have a 6 year old computer running windows 7 32 bit.

I keep it up to date etc and it really runs well for an old fella.

One issue I have is not being able to leave external drives powered on.

I have tried all solutions available to change bios settings, usb setting etc but my pc will not boot up with externals attached and powered on.

Just looking for any insights, help etc that may resolve this issue.

Any assistance appreciated.

A:PC Boot up and External drives

Almost sounds like there are too many things trying to power on at the same time. Perhaps a PSU issue?

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Hi I have a problem with a external usb2.0 hdd that i have been using on my laptop so it works. but i have connected it to my home pc it works fine until I restart my machine where it gets stuck in boot where it says ( BOOT FROM CD ) but nothing happens until i remove the usb connector to my external HDD. At this point it then says unable to boot insert CD. Which forces me to restart which then boots fine without external hdd connected. I have entered BIOS and changed boot sequence but no change occurs. I dont want to have to re format as i have loads of stuff on there. my Machine is an -
AMD 2.0 g
win xp
2 x 120 g SATA internal hdd running RAID 0
9800 pro
i g ram
if you could help that would be great as it is painful to have to remove external hdd everytime i reboot. thanks. regards lex

A:external HDD boot problems.

Your issue may be the RAID configuration. It is set in the BIOS for 2 drives, thus when connecting an additional drive the BIOS doesnt know what to do.
Ran into a similar problem just last week, set up RAID 0 with a fresh install, proceeded to connect an additional SATA drive just to transfer some data and got the same results as you.
I hope if I am wrong with my theory someone will correct me

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I have an Acer Aspire one netbook. I am trying to get it to boot from an external USB CD drive. I changed the boot order but it doesn't see it. I press the F12 key during boot but the drive isn't listed. My external drive has 2 USB plugs. One for power & one for data. How do I get this thing to boot from an external drive?
 

A:Will not boot from external CD drive

Try another USB external optical drive
 

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Windows 7 Home Premium. PC built last March, C: is a 256 GB SSD. It contains no documents (they are all on an internal spinning HDD.) Motherboard is Gigabyte GA-H81M-S2H. (image attached). It has UEFI. I want to set up an additional drive (outside the case for easey access) to act as a bootable backup. I would clone the C: drive to it (keeping it up to date Windows-wise) and use it to boot the PC if/when necessary.

The obvious and simplest way to do this would be to use an external USB spinning hard drive plugged into a USB socket on the PC's case (I have sockets for USB 2 and USB 3). I've got a new USB 3 drive already sitting on my desktop, Western Digital Elements. But I have been told by several sources that Windows 7 does not reliably boot from a USB drive.

Is that true please? If so, how could I have my PC modified to make USB booting work?

Thanks.

A:Will my PC Boot from an External USB Drive?

It can boot from a USB, but it's not easily done and problematic.

An alternative is to use a "drive dock", connected to the PC through an eSATA port. You put an ordinary spinning internal drive into the dock and connect it by cable to the PC. The dock is effectively an "external drive", but the drive is exposed in an open enclosure---not inside an enclosure. This works well--I ran my PC this way for a week last spring. I just restored an image of C to the docked drive.

But your case and motherboard apparently don't have an eSATA port, so an eSATA dock won't help you.

So you are back to square one: fighting the shakiness of USB booting or using other methods--imaging or cloning to an internal drive. You appear to still reject those other methods.

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