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Old 08-09-05, 03:36 PM
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Dual boot new Inspirion 9300 using USB HD?

I'm looking at getting a new laptop from work and it's going to piss me off the way they will lock it down. I'm wondering, what are the possibilities for using a USB HD as the primary boot device and having my own 'at home' setup take full control of the machine when I boot with the USB drive attached and then the standard work PC for at-office stuff?

Can it be done? Will it be excruciatingly slow?
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I don't know that you can boot off a USB device. I suppose you can see if that's a choice in the BIOS. That is, if they let you get into the BIOS.

Maybe booting off a CD first, and then using the USB drive after that? It's probably difficult.

You could consider swapping hard drives.
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I think it's doable. I wonder if the laptop is capable of firewire bootup?
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http://www.bay-wolf.com/bios.htm
according to that site, the 8500 can, so the same's likely true for the 9300.

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