Re: Booting from External HDD/SSD
It doesn't really work like that. When windows (and I'm sure this is true for other OSes as well) get installed they install a base set of drivers one of which links the boot medium (your hard drive) the the kind of controller it's linked to. If you're plugged into your motherboard it's linked then to your SATA port's RAID,AHCI or legacy controller depending on how your BIOS is setup. When you pull the drive out and throw it in an enclosure suddenly the controller is USB/firewire based and the OS freaks out because it doesn't mount the same.
In order to boot from an external, you'd need to install it to the hard drive while it's in the enclosure you want to use.
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