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By jmcnally ·
I have a user that travels quite a lot and would like to stop carrying a laptop. A possible solution for it is that he may have a clone of his laptop configuration on a removable hard disk drive. My concern is that he does not want to keep a fixeddisk in any machine after cloning to the removable disk.
I thought that maybe by connecting the Removable HDD to a USB and booting the machines to a bootable floppy could be done. Has anyone done this before?
Is it possible with Windows 2000 Pro?

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by timwalsh In reply to Removable HDD

A couple of issues here:

Are we talking a removable hard drive or a external portable drive?
If we are truly talking a removable drive, there will be a hardware driver problem. Unless all the computers he wants to use have the EXACT SAME hardware configuration, at the very least he will have video problems (resolution and color depth). At worst, the drive may refuse to boot.

If we are talking an external portable drive, then it has to have the capability of being bootable. A bootable floppy could get around THIS issue, but you still have the hardware driver problem. A downfall to this solution would be that there is no guarantee that the portable drive would be assigned the same drive letter on every computer it is attached to.I have run into problems in the past where an installed Zip drive was actually assigned the letter C, even though there was also an installed hard drive. There are actually 2 issues here:
1 - The bootable floppy will really only consist of a batch file that essentially says "Go to the attached hard drive and run Windows from there." If the portable drive is not consistently given the same drive letter, the batch file may point to the wrong (or a nonexistent drive).
2 - If your user does simply clone his laptop drive to the portable disk, chances are it won't work anyway. The Registry uses absolute paths (i.e. c:\windows\system32\xxxx, or c:\program files\Microsoft Office\xxxx.exe) when referencing system resources, file locations and application locations). If the cloned drive is installed as any other drive letter, chances are nothing will work and the OS probably won't boot.
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by timwalsh In reply to Removable HDD

Your customer's best bet if he doesn't want to carry the full weight of a laptop: Use a portable external drive to store his data files, and leave the hard drive with the OS and applications in each machine he uses.

The bottom line is that if itwere as simple as your customer would like it to be, you wouldn't see every other executive in the world carrying a laptop

Hope this helps.

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by Neal2002 In reply to Removable HDD

Tim covered this pretty well. I feel sorry for you because there is no easy solution. If you can I'd try my best, in a diplomatic way, to get the user to realize that carring a laptop is part of his job and to just deal with it. Depending on the apps that he uses a PDA running pc2002 OS may work.

I no this isn't a lot of help

Neal

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