08-24-2012 06:50 PM
I have two hard drives. I would like to reimage one to a hard drive connected via a usb connector. Isn't there a way to boot from an external devise? If so how & if so can I reimage the external hard drive?
08-26-2012 02:44 AM
I think there a lot of programs out there which would do the job but my favourite is "Acronis Trueimage". With this program you can clone your system disc to e.g. an external disc. It will make an exact copy of the disc with paths and registry and mbr and so on. You just have to select the external disc as your booting device after restart.
08-26-2012 08:58 AM
What do you mean by "I want to boot to the external drive & then reimage it."? Do already have system on this external HD or do you want to install and configure a new system on it before cloning it to your internal HD?
08-27-2012 11:10 AM
If you go into BIOS while the external drive is connected and it actually shows up, then yes you can treat the external drive exactly like an internal drive. If it does not show up in BIOS then no you can't boot from it. Another way of checking is do a temporary boot from the thinkpad splash screen. Just like you would boot into BIOS with F1, just press F12 to go into the start-up interruption screen. Then F12 again to pick a temporary start-up device. If your device is on this screen then it will work, if not then no. Check this first and if you need further help just let us know.
Hope this helps,