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Boot from hard drive on network?

The title says it all. Is it possible to boot from a hard drive on the network?

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Re: Boot from hard drive on network?

Hi. If you're talking about having an external hard drive somewhere on your network and using that as your boot device in the same fashion as a USB-attached hard drive, then no. However, you can boot a computer using something called BootP, which is short for Bootstrap Protocol. Historically this was used by diskless workstations to obtain an IP address as well as the location of the boot image that the computer would use to boot up. It used to be used in only the *nix world (Unix, Linux, etc.). However, there is also some use in the MS Windows environments, specifically with  diskless media center computers running a Windows operating system.....Hope this helps!

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Siig sc-sat212-s4, stops boot when connected

While most computers are capable of starting up properly with external drives connected, from time to time the external drive can cause confusion during the startup process. The computer may attempt to boot from the external hard drive rather than the primary internal drive. This causes the computer to fail during startup because the external hard drive does not have the operating system installed on it.

Disconnect the external hard drive from the computer. In order to minimize the risk of damage to or loss of files on the external drive, shut down the computer if possible, or hold down the power button on the computer until the computer turns off and then disconnect the external hard drive. Restart the computer with the drive disconnected. If the computer still does not start up, it is possible that the computer is attempting to boot from the external drive. Reconnect the external drive and restart the computer. Watch the screen as the computer boots up. A prompt will appear indicating which key to press to enter "Setup" or the "BIOS." Press this key when the prompt appears. On many computers the key is either Delete ,F2 or F10. Use the keyboard of the computer to navigate the "Setup menu" that appears. (Advanced Bios Features.) The BIOS is AMI. Under ADVANCED SETUP:
The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include:

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IDE-3 means Sec slave ? or using the arrow keys you can load failsafe or optimized defaults this will set the boot order. Highlight the option for "Boot Disk" or "Startup disk" and select the "C:/" or the primary internal hard drive. Press the associated key, labeled so on the bottom of the screen, to save the changes and restart the computer. This will allow the computer to boot from the appropriate drive. Hope it helps.


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SMART stands for "Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology".

You BIOS has detected a pending error in your hard drive.

take the hard drive out and use an enclosure to extract all the data you might want to take out of it soon, since that hard drive is failing.

If possible, try going into the BIOS and disabling SMART, so you can boot into Windows and copy all the necessary files you want to get off of the hard drive.

Removing the hard drive would ultimately get rid of this problem though

Restart your computer
during the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key usually Delete or F2 to enter setup
this will differ depending on which bios you have

Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS

Navigate the BIOS menu using your arrow keys and use the on-screen legend for reference on how to change settings.

Look for a menu titled "Hardware" "Hard disk" or something similar. You are looking for an option that references "S.M.A.R.T."

Highlight the "S.M.A.R.T" option and set it to "Disabled" or "Off." Once you have changed the setting, choose "Save and Exit" from the menu or press the keyboard key corresponding to it (as listed in the legend).

Select "Yes" or press "Y" when the BIOS asks you to confirm your choice.

hope this helps

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My operating system is corrupted by a virus i tried to slave my hard drive but i can only see my hard drive in bios and i cannot see it in my local disk drive and im hearing clicking sound inside my hard...

Try to boot from your OS cd or recovery disc. Run the disk check software and see if your hard disk is mechanically ok or it crashed. If your hard disk is mechanically functional then run virus check on your hard disk. This will clean all the virus infections. And you will be alright hopefully.
If your hard disk's boot sector is damaged you may want to format the hard disk and place the boot sector in another portion of hard drive.

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Can i make my portable hard drive as internal hard drive?

you boot from it but putting inside means taking it apart finding the connections that will adapt it to your pc or whatever but it is possible

booting from it would require simply installing an os onto the drive instead of your c: drive, just keep in mind you will have to change your bios to boot from the appropriate drive

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My toshiba lap top starts up as normal then the msg media test faiure and no bootable device whats wrong

The laptop isn't seeing the hard drive. It has either bounced loose (doubtful) or the hard drive is defective. You can open panels on laptop and find the hard drive, remove and then replace it and see if it reads. Failing this check to see if it's still on warranty or buy another one similar to yours.

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When my Maxtor basic External Hard Drive is conected my PC won't boot up.

Verify in the BIOS setup (usually accessible by pressing F2, F12, or Del at boot), "Boot Device" submenu, that the system isn't programmed to also boot from an external device. If it is, it will try to boot off the Maxtor, but won't be able to since there's no OS there.
The system should be configured to start off the internal hard disk, and optionally the CD-ROM. Other options (ROM BIOS, PXE, USB, etc.) are usually best left deactivated or at lowest priority.

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When I plug in my WD MYBOOK ESSENTIAL 1 T Drive the XP machine will not boot. It locks up during boot but if the WD drive is unplugged the boot process continues. After booting plugging the WD Drive back...


This is normal, simply because when your system is performing the boot sequence when it is first powered up, it checks all the possible drives that has an operating system on it according to the way it is configured to start checking it from the BIOS.

So possibly the default selected place for it to check first is the external drive, and since there is no operating system on it, it gets locked up and it might show NTLDR Missing...or Disk Error.

What you can do to stop that is :
When your system is booting go to setup, and depending on your BIOS type, try to locate where the boot sequence starts checking for Operating System from, if it is removable drives, then just change it to Hard Drive. Then save and restart.

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Your BIOS would need to support booting from USB. If it does then you would see the option 'Boot from USB' in the section of your BIOS where you select the boot order. Select the Boot from USB option then set the USB drive to 1st boot device.

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