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I have an Asus EB1007 EeeBox that doesn't have a CD drive. I removed the hard drive and connected it to my laptop and formatted it, via a USB to SATA/IDE adapter.

How can I install Windows XP using this adapter?

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You need to install Windows on the EeeBox.

The easiest and fastest method, given Windows XP, would be to use WinToFlash to get the WinXP setup on a USB disk/key. Then you should be able to boot the EeeBox from the USB disk/key and install Windows from there.

Alternatively, you could get an external CD/DVD drive and use your adapter with it, but it's much faster and less expensive to go with a USB key.

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Put the hard disk back in the Eee Box, then use the USB-to-IDE/SATA adapter to connect a CD drive to it. You may need to poke at the BIOS options to get it to boot from what will be treated as a USB CD/DVD drive, but you should be good to go from there.

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Windows does not support being installed on devices connect by USB. There are tools that allow this but you didn't mention those tools. –  Ramhound Dec 19 '12 at 14:09
    
Neither did you, I note. I also note that I'm not suggesting installing to a USB-connected hard disk, but rather from a USB-connected CD drive, on a system which (IIRC) supports booting from such a drive. I've had no trouble installing Windows this way in the past. –  Aaron Miller Dec 19 '12 at 14:18
    
I don't suggest tools I have not used myself. The author wants to install the operating system on his external USB connected internal SATA HDD. –  Ramhound Dec 19 '12 at 14:50
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