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Can You Use External Hardrive As Primary One for A Laptop?

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October 19, 2010 8:04:51 PM

Hello Community my question is are you able to switch external hard drive as primary one on a laptop?
a c 200 D Laptop
a c 96 G Storage
October 19, 2010 8:25:11 PM

If your BIOS supports booting from external USB devices and for changing the boot sequence, then YES. If not, then NO. Depends on the BIOS of your particular system.

However, doing so will provide a slower solution that the on-board HDD.
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October 19, 2010 8:52:01 PM

System Specifications:

-Dell Inspiron 1300
-External USB Hard Drive Prestige 1TB
-Internal Hard Drive 74.5GB
-Dell Battery Module Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
-Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 SP3
-Intel(R) Celeron(R) M
-Processor 1.50 GHz
-1.50 GHz, 504MB of Ram

Here Are the System Specs For my Laptop Is there any chance it does Support That or do I Have to Check myself?
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a c 96 G Storage
October 19, 2010 8:58:04 PM

Reboot your system. When restarting, press F2 (most Dells use that key to open BIOS). Look for your boot options. Should be easy from there.
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October 19, 2010 9:19:52 PM

Hi I've Gone to (Bios) but What Am I Suppose to look for what's the Name to be more specific?
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a c 96 G Storage
October 19, 2010 9:21:11 PM

Look for Boot Options or Boot Sequence or Boot Order. Can also be under Boot Devices.
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a c 96 G Storage
October 19, 2010 9:22:16 PM

You may also be able to manually select at power up by pressing either the F10 or F12 key. If so and supported, you would be able to boot from the connected USB HDD.
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October 19, 2010 9:44:47 PM

Hi Well I Guess im not able to because I can't find those thing's But the computer recognizes the hardware but I needed it for primary because It would go much faster with ton's of Memory

Do You Have Any other Suggestions :)  ?
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a c 200 D Laptop
a c 96 G Storage
October 20, 2010 12:18:59 AM

Not really. Dell (and other OEM vendors) often limit your choices in the BIOS to keep you from "breaking" the system. What are you trying to accomplish by booting from an external HDD?
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a c 353 G Storage
October 20, 2010 2:15:02 AM

(1) I dought it
(2) You will not increase your memory, which is ram not HDD size.
(3) If you did, it would run about as fast as pancake syrup left in the fridge over nite. Throughput would be limited to the speed of your USB port - sloooooow. You would NOT be a happy camper

If you want to improve performance,
(1) increase your Ram, Beleive it can go upto 1 Gig (2 x 512M sticks).
(2) You said the HDD was a 74.5 Gig HDD - is it a 5400 RPM, you could probably get a much faster 320 Gig 7200 RPM drive, just verify if it is SATA or a PATA drive.
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October 22, 2010 12:18:22 AM

^ Having used USB installed Linux (openSUSE/Ubuntu) distros, I can verify that USB is too darn slow for any use.
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