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I want to boot my laptop from a external hard drive. It is an older PC, a IBM Thinkpad T20. How can I boot from an external hard drive? Can anyone help me?

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During start up press f12 key then when boot order opens select where you want to boot from . save then exit in to start up . that should do it . :)

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