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i want to clone my Windows XP installation to a USB Hard Drive or maybe an usb memory stick and then i want to boot from that USB device.

The reason for that is, in case of an emergency i still can boot up the system within minutes without much trouble of restoring it fist from a backup.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

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Booting Windows of an USB drive is always ugly and messy. You should add another internal hard drive, clone the windows installation to it and then disconnect the power and data connectors until you need to boot from it. – agporwfnz29 Sep 29 '10 at 12:19
What openfkg said. Now, if this was Windows 7, it might be smart enough to change drive controllers on the fly attempting to boot from USB, but that's NEVER going to happen with XP. (And it's a bad idea anyway) – Shinrai Sep 29 '10 at 14:19
Thanks for the comments, ill do as openfkg suggested. – maloo Oct 1 '10 at 11:48

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