ThinkPad series Hard Drive Bay adapter III as main hard drive?

Hi all

my work laptop is a 400 T running on Win XP. I would like to start an installation of Windows 7 on a hard drive physical which is not possible with my employer in the near future.

My idea is now to have a second HD in the Hard Drive Bay adapter III series (let's say that the)

ThinkPad Serial ATA Hard Drive of 320 GB at 7200 RPM) on which I'd install Win 7. I would then configure the adapter Bay to be the first HD to boot from. I would reconfigure the system to use the internal HD every time I need Win XP with the company of my other stuff.

I don't want to install Win 7 in another partition I want to take the risk of what going to the XP machine ;-)

The scenario described above is valid or I have to take account of anything else?

Thanks in advance!


saschabeltz, welcome to the forum,

as the States of cassio , you can boot from a hard drive in the Bay adapter. The best way to do it, after you install in the main Bay is to press F12 at startup; This will allow you to choose the device you want to boot from.

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