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Is there a way 2 boot a laptop from an externally connected HD? Answered

The connector btween the motherboad and the internal HD on my laptop broke. My computer cannot recognize a HD. Is there any way to connect a HD externally, maybe by USB, and boot the computer that way.

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stormer1127 (author)2009-05-23

ok well this is quite simple fix the broken cable... but if u don't wana do that then get a external hd connector cord (it has slits 4 the shiny pins to go in and a usb slot at one end) and if thats ur only hd then the computer looks 4 a bootable drive and will automatically find it but if it dont then in start up press f8 i think (on some it might be different like esc or f10) and say boot the drive hope this helps

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goodguyCA (author)stormer11272009-05-29

ok thanks. i have an external HD. and a cable. i'll give it a shot.

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lemonie (author)2009-05-23

Have you thought about fixing what is broken? L

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gmxx (author)2009-05-22

only if your laptop supports booting off of usb. it might be possible if your laptop has a floppy drive, but if it does have an internal floppy, you probably should upgrade

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goodguyCA (author)gmxx2009-05-22

how do i know if my laptop supports booting off of usb?

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gmxx (author)goodguyCA2009-05-22

check your bios for an option to boot from usb or google your laptops model name and number + usb booting

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