Bootable External Hard Disk

  PC Advisor Fan 15:38 PM 02 Jul 11
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I have a 1TB portable external hard drive that I want to partition and make a couple of bootable partition that would hold Acronis True image 2011 and Acronis disk director 2011. How do I create a boot menu so that I can choose what partition to boot from, I would also like to see if I could also add a Hiren Boot CD onto a third partition and boot from that as well. Is it possible

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:24 PM 02 Jul 11

Waste of a good drive when they all boot from CD drive anyway.

1st BIOS must be able to boot from USB

2nd You can only boot from an active partition and only one active partition allowed per drive (I think)

3rd Difficult to make a bootable Ex HDD via USB, a USB stick can be done with the HP format utility, not sure if same can be done with a partition.

You can remove the drive from its case - connect internally, partition and format, make first partition active and install boot files on there, then fit back in the case and see if it boots

  robin_x 19:53 PM 02 Jul 11

I would mess with multi boot USB Mem cards/sticks. 4GB is adequate for quite a few utils+a distro or two.

I was messing the other week and had most success with Yumi and Xboot (see links at bottom of this link)

Also see individual boots with Universal USB Creator, LiLi (not tried that yet) uNetbootin.

None seem to be 100%, but I got Ubuntu, Mint, Puppy, Easeus Boot, Partition Wizard Boot, W7 Repair Disc and other bits and bobs all running with Xboot after a bit of faffing around.

  Zeppelyn 23:07 PM 02 Jul 11

With a ITB drive making it bootable is hardly a waste in my view as you only need a small active partition to boot from, much faster than getting the CD's out each time too.

Create a small, say 1Gb partition at front of disk from Disk management and set as active. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2674-partition-volume-create-new.html.

Create bootable ISO's from the Acronis TI and Disk Director tools menu's and save to this partition, include Hiren too as there is no need for separate partition for each.

Download EasyBCD and install. http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

In EasyBCD choose BCD Deployment, select your external drive and click "Install BCD"

Next choose "Add New Entry" and click ISO option, name your entry and point to where you saved the Acronis ISO's (ISO file name must not have spaces). Click Add New Entry to save. You can rename, re-order the display etc from "Edit Boot Menu" option.

Its also a handy way to add Windows Vista or 7 Recovery ISO's to your boot menu, in fact you could add any bootable iso.

Use your motherboard F8 or whatever boot option to boot the external disk.

Personally I use a spare internal disk with a small partition created as Recovery to do this as faster still.

  Colonel Graham 23:45 PM 02 Jul 11

Don't Panic!

Create a boot disc with Acronis, back up yout PC, let it go.

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