Vista or XP won't boot from USB, and most of the external drive enclosures
you are likely to see nowadays are USB.
Earle Horton -- earleh@xxxxxx
"operaflute" <operaflute@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Okay, this is new territory for me so I have lots of questions. I've got
> XP machine (Dell) that's dying (motherboard) and a new Vista Preminum
> (HP). Can I take the drive out of the Dell, put it in an enclosure,
> it to boot from in the boot menu, and then be using the old hard drive as
> it IS the new computer?
> I want to install/make some changes on the old machine/old drive but it
> requires a re-boot, which I can't do on the old machine (I can't turn it
> or it won't start again.)
> Same question, but maybe clearer - when you boot from an external drive,
> you working completely from that drive as if that drive is now the