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Install onto IDE USB Inclosure?

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Recently, I have been working on a old Dell Optiplex 745. The only thing wrong with it is that there is no CD drive, so I can either use a USB stick to boot from or use a USB CD Drive (Which I have). Also, there is no HDD. The only thing I DO have is an IDE drive in a USB enclosure. The only aspect is how to install Windows on that USB HDD? I have an XP disk that has a SATA patch.

This is what it said in the description of the product: Windows XP Professional SP3 Nov 2013 + SATA Drivers [ThumperDC]
This is the original Windows XP Professional SP3 (32-bit) ISO from Microsoft. Including Microsoft updates until 23.11.2013, Internet Explorer 8, Adobe Flash Player 11.6 and SATA drivers.

I tried using the USB CD drive to boot. This worked, until I had to choose what HDD to install Windows on. When I select the HUSB HDD (It shows up) It said something about windoes not having enough permission to use this disk blah blah blah.

I have no idea what to do. Any suggestions?
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  1. In order to get any version of windows isntalled on a USB drive is a pain, not reccommended, and really slow. You will be better off getting a PCI or PCIe ATA Controller and use that. Only thing depending on the case you won't be able to fit the hard drive in there. That or get a ATA to SATA adapter for the hard drive that way you can plug it into one of the SATA ports.
  2. drtweak said:
    In order to get any version of windows isntalled on a USB drive is a pain, not reccommended, and really slow. You will be better off getting a PCI or PCIe ATA Controller and use that. Only thing depending on the case you won't be able to fit the hard drive in there. That or get a ATA to SATA adapter for the hard drive that way you can plug it into one of the SATA ports.



    I understand that. I don't wanna spend if any money if I don't have to. Is there any way I can just doing with what I have?
  3. You cannot install XP on an external drive. The installer only works on internal drives.
  4. Really? Aw Man.

    Is there any way I can bypass it? I mean I have another computer in which I can do stuff. It runs 8.1
  5. Co0l Guy 33 said:
    Really? Aw Man.

    Is there any way I can bypass it? I mean I have another computer in which I can do stuff. It runs 8.1

    No, you cannot bypass it, it's by design. You need the necessary hardware (HD and CD drive) to install XP on that platform.
  6. It is theoretically possible to install XP on an external drive.
    It is a real PITA, and if you do get it working, it will be dirt slow.

    So you have an old Dell. Missing a CD/DVD drive, and missing a HDD.

    Your easiest, best, solution is to use a Linux distro on a USB stick. You can run Linux directly off the USB. It will still be slow, though.
    Or just give that old hardware away. It is mostly useless.
  7. Models in that Dell line have this nasty habit of resetting the USB ports during boot, makes booting from USB nigh impossible on those things.
  8. Oh, well I guess Ill buy a cheap 80GB HDD
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    Yea better finding or buying a cheap hard hard drive. You can get a new Seagate 500Gb on newegg for 50+ Tax. Also make sure you have a caddy for it. Looks like this

    http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Drive-Dimension-Optiplex-Number/dp/B003BQSNA4

    Now if you don't have it you could just set it down where the the hard drives go at the bottom. Also make sure you have a 90 Degree SATA conenctor for it (If its a Mini Tower)

    And the 745 isn't that bad of a machine if you have the right CPU in it. Max it will take is the E6700 which for a regual desktop PC isn't that bad. Will take 8GB DDR2 max (If desktop or Mini Tower)

    Now installing windows from a thumb drive isn't hard at all. Its just installing it to a USB hard drive.
  10. Best Answer Choosen. Sorry for late reply :D
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