Did you make the drive bootable?
In the docs it mentions booting from a USB flash drive or floppy drive, but not a USB HD. I suspect it will boot from the USB HD if you make it bootable first. But you do know that you can't boot Windows XP from a USB HD. You will probably only be able to boot to DOS.
I am hoping to boot to a DOS mode. I am familiar and am able to boot from a Flash Drive or from a USB Floppy. I just tried to take a cloned Hard drive and plug it into my External Hard drive and kind of able to read it though it is trying to Load the OS. I just want it to just do into DOS mode.
From your docs, it is not clear that booting from a USB HD is supported. Given that you know how to make the drive bootable and have been able to boot from a USB flash drive, it may just not be possible. However, I don't have any direct experience with your machine.
Hello... did you get an answer to your question? I have an Inspiron 1150 and would like to add a USB external hard disk so I can back up and restore should the internal HDD die. I haven't found anything on this yet... If anyone knows how to do this I'd be most appreciative.
Welcome to the forums Tom
You can use any external [USB] hard drive to do what you need. Just connect the drive to any USB port, then use it as the backup destination.
And/or use an imaging program (i.e. Acronis True Image) to create an image of the internal drive, to the external drive.
If/when you want/need to restore the system from the image, just boot from the imaging program's 'Restore' disc (which you need to create yourself), and follow the prompts [;)
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This is exactly what I would like to do also. I have connected an Maxtor external USB-connected drive to my Inspiron 5100 laptop. Using Acronis True Image I have backed up the C-drive. When booting via the BIOS you can press F11 and get into the Acronis Recovery proogramme and restore the C-drive from the mirror image.
Unfortunately the Restore Disc doesn't work in my case because my internal NEC ND-5100A DVD±RW writer doen't work anymore. I've tried to boot the Restore Disc using my HP DVD 300e USB-connected external DVD writer. The problem is that the BIOS doesn't seem to recognise the external drive. I'm pretty sure my BIOS #32 is the latest version.
My question is what do I have to do to be able to boot a CD via my external drive?