So I've been doing my research on this concept where most of the guys out there doing this are installing XP on their first gen Eee PCs, and so really it's been like hell for me sifting through all this stuff trying to get anything to work, the few times it did work it was set up under FAT16 and so my SDHC only appeared as just under 4gb, when it's an 8gb.
So what just came across my mind is this; if I partition my external, install it on the external, boot it up make sure it works etc. make a mirror 'backup' of it, and move it into the SDHC card so it thinks that it was that partition.
Or.. is there really a far easier way to do this than what I've been trying?
-Dell Mini 9 - Refurb $269: Obsidian Black, 32GB STEC SSD, 8GB Kingston SDHC (left from previous owner), 2GB 667Mhz RAM, 1.3MP Camera, Bluetooth, Mac OSX 10.5.7
-Dell e1705 - New $1055: ATi X1400 OC/ed 175% faster, XPS 1710 Heatsinks, XPS 1710 Body
e1705 is old, it needs not to be upgraded, but rather be replaced.