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#1 antony.h

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 07:04 AM

Hi! I'm new to this forum. I'm glad to have found this very good place.

I need to boot an external hard drive. I would like to ask for some guide to point me to the right track. Thanks!

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad X220 laptop. I replace the hard drive with SSD. And installed Linux with syslinux bootloader onto the SSD. I don't want to waste the hard drive came with the laptop. I bought an eSATA ExpressCard and a hard drive dock with eSATA for it. How can I make use of grub4dos or other method to boot the original hard drive with pre-installed Windows 7? Thank you very much!

#2 nando4

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 09:03 AM

Not possible as the bios has no ability to boot off the expresscard slot. The closest hack would be starting the boot process using the primary boot drive then having it switch over to the expresscard e-sata HDD part way through. There's a "Kansas City Shuffle" method on here on how to do that.

Another way you could consider doing it would be by either tapping the mSATA SSD slot or the docking connector to make a e-sata like port out of them. Those SATA ports have bios boot support.

#3 antony.h

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 08:39 AM

Not possible as the bios has no ability to boot off the expresscard slot. The closest hack would be starting the boot process using the primary boot drive then having it switch over to the expresscard e-sata HDD part way through. There's a "Kansas City Shuffle" method on here on how to do that.

Another way you could consider doing it would be by either tapping the mSATA SSD slot or the docking connector to make a e-sata like port out of them. Those SATA ports have bios boot support.



Thanks for answering!
What is "Kansas City Shuffle" method? I did a quick search on this forum and couldn't figure it out.

#4 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 05:41 PM

Thanks for answering!
What is "Kansas City Shuffle" method? I did a quick search on this forum and couldn't figure it out.

Mainly because the Forum Search sucks big :( AND the "XP Kansas City Shuffle" or "Fake Signature" method was mainly developed on "another" Forum ;):
http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=21242

http://www.911cd.net...pic=21242&st=60

A reference was given here:
http://reboot.pro/4186/
And cdob :worship: produced also a nice .scropt for Winbuilder:
http://reboot.pro/6672/

The "general idea" is not "XP only", anyway. :)

BTW that particular laptop may have a provision for booting from Express Card :unsure: if yes, then maybe grub4dos can see the e-sata device attached to it.

:cheers:
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#5 antony.h

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 05:02 PM

Mainly because the Forum Search sucks big :( AND the "XP Kansas City Shuffle" or "Fake Signature" method was mainly developed on "another" Forum ;):
http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=21242

http://www.911cd.net...pic=21242&st=60

A reference was given here:
http://reboot.pro/4186/
And cdob :worship: produced also a nice .scropt for Winbuilder:
http://reboot.pro/6672/

The "general idea" is not "XP only", anyway. :)

BTW that particular laptop may have a provision for booting from Express Card :unsure: if yes, then maybe grub4dos can see the e-sata device attached to it.

:cheers:
Wonko


Thanks a lot for your solutions! I'll try read them through, and hope I can figure them out.

Edited by antony.h, 13 October 2011 - 05:03 PM.






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