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Windows 7: Boot external esata HDD from Thinkpad x200

07 Apr 2011   #1
jmt

win. 7 home premium x64
 
 
Boot external esata HDD from Thinkpad x200

I am trying to boot from an external esata hdd through an esata express card. I can set the boot priority to ata hdd2 however it will not boot from it because it does not list my hdd id next to it. HDD 1 internal does however, show the hdd id next to it and obviously has no problem booting from it.


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07 Apr 2011   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

What exactly are you trying to boot from the eSata HD ? Which OS ?
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07 Apr 2011   #3
jmt

win. 7 home premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
What exactly are you trying to boot from the eSata HD ? Which OS ?
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07 Apr 2011   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Win7 was made by Microsoft to basically only boot to the OS via an internal HD NO, USB HDs or eSata HDs can be setup to boot the OS, sorry.
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07 Apr 2011   #5
jmt

win. 7 home premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Win7 was made by Microsoft to basically only boot to the OS via an internal HD NO, USB HDs or eSata HDs can be setup to boot the OS, sorry.
Thanks for your response. There must be a work-around such as a registry tweak. Do you know where I might look or post for more information?
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12 Apr 2011   #6
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I have booted OSs from an eSATA external HDD. My eSATA connection was a direct cable crossover to backplate, your card may be interfering with the boot.

What system is this on?
If it's a desktop, find a SATA to eSATA backplate cable, they are usually less than $10. With this connection the OS and system has no way of knowing it's not directly connected internally, because it actually is.

Let us know if you get this resolved.
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12 Apr 2011   #7
jmt

win. 7 home premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
I have booted OSs from an eSATA external HDD. My eSATA connection was a direct cable crossover to backplate, your card may be interfering with the boot.

What system is this on?
If it's a desktop, find a SATA to eSATA backplate cable, they are usually less than $10. With this connection the OS and system has no way of knowing it's not directly connected internally, because it actually is.

Let us know if you get this resolved.
Hi Dave,
My system is a thinkpad X200 laptop. The fact that it's a laptop is the primary problem because the bios does not have a esata boot option. I have found a few work arounds on the web however, they were far to complex for my ability.
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13 Apr 2011   #8
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Guess I should read the thread title...

Laptops are a bit harder to set up for eSATA.
Check for a BIOS update, that might help. Read the update log for anything to do with eSATA, SATA, or hard drives.

Updating BIOS can be risky, make sure it has something that will help you before considering the update.


Your eSATA express card may be causing it to be non-bootable.
Check the documentation.
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