How can I get an external hard drive to boot up when starting my computer? When I have the drive hooked up and start the computer it locks up at the opening screen. I don't know if it's possible but would like it to be in the boot sequence with the rest of the drives. It is a USB external drive.
Posted: July 6th, 2010, 8:38am
I am not sure that it is possible. To find out if it is possible, go into BIOS and see if it allows you to put that drive in the boot sequence. You get into BIOS (also called Setup) by pressing Esc or some other key when your computer is starting. It should say on the screen during startup what key to press.
Yes, it is possible but it needs additional software installed so called boot manager I use OSL2000 Boot Manager for such solution as I need sometimes to boot my computer with linux which exists on another (portable) hard drive. During booting sequence you have got a menu with the choice which OS should be used for booting. It is pretty easy anyway I strongly recommend to take a look at its describtion-help file. It is shareware but worth every cent definitely. You can use it as a freeware without any limitation but a nag screen apears during boot. Just take a look if it fills your needs.