external harddrive and xp

  new214 14:30 07 Jun 08

Ok Im considering buying a vista laptop - but also want the benfit of xp so what I wanted to know is can I take out my harddrive of an old pc and use that as external harddrive? Ive heard this is possible but I would need 2 purchase some sort of case for the harddrive??

On the external harddrive is

1)how could I install an o/s like xp on a external harddrive?
2)how would I be able to load xp(external harddrive) on a laptop (which as a different os/ i.e harddive with xp and a laptop with vista - how would i be able to access the xp system on the external harddrive?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:54 07 Jun 08

You cannot boot a microsoft operating system from an external drive.

You can install XP to an external drive but the boot files will need to be on the root of C: drive.

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