In my laptop there is no HDD, can i use an external HDD Tags: Hard Drives Laptops External Hard Drive Storage Last response: July 10, 2011 9:35 AM in Storage Share sunilmozhiyote July 8, 2011 6:06:03 PM Sir I have a HP Laptop, my HDD has been crashed and technician advised to change the HDD, can i use an external HDD instead of an internal one, also please tell me can i install windows XP in the ext HDD and primary boot from that. If the above is possible, any demerits? Thanks in advance More about : laptop hdd external hdd PhilFrisbie a b D Laptop a b G Storage July 8, 2011 7:31:30 PM You might get it to work, but it will be very slow. compulsivebuilder a b G Storage July 9, 2011 10:17:52 AM It is a bad idea. Why don't you just replace the hard drive inside the laptop? 2.5" hard drives are not very expensive. Bear in mind that you will need to install the drivers for the laptop hardware, no matter what hard drive you install the operating system upon. Related resources SSD plus 1 HDD vs. 2 HDDs in RAID 0 or use external drives for video editing on - Forum Can i use one of my old laptop HDD on a new pc? - Forum CAN WE USE AN EXTERNAL HDD WITHOUT AC ADAPTOR - Forum HDD USE AS EXTERNAL DRIVE - Forum Auto Syncing laptop , Desktop-PC and External HDD - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer thaile4ever July 9, 2011 4:13:28 PM Yes you can. Just google thumbdrive windows xp for tutorials. Pyree a b D Laptop a b G Storage July 10, 2011 9:35:25 AM Yes you can but the performance will be affected if running on a slow interface and you run into the risk of disconnection. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumMy WD 2TB external hdd won't show up on my laptop ForumLacie external HDD - Not recognised by Desktop/ Laptop Forum1 HDD vs. 2 HDD RAID-0 ForumLaptop hard drive ForumCan a SATA HDD work in a HP 750N ForumHot to fdisk external hard drive ForumExternal Hard Drive Issue ForumWhy some files corrupt during copying to the external hard drive ForumPC won't recognize USB 2.0 2.5" HDD but Laptop does!!!! Forum$Mft seagate external 500 Gb failed ForumProblems with WD5002AALX 500gb HDD? Forum[Solved] Cheap Internal HDD that will be reliable? More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !