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milesman

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    Is it possible to install a OS on a external Hard Drive?
    « on: May 11, 2009, 07:01:09 PM »
    OK,

    I have just downloaded Windows Vista 7 CS. But, i don't want to erase XP or do a dual boot. (The dual boot of doom :P)

    So, If you know the solution That would be great!

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    Re: Is it possible to install a OS on a external Hard Drive?
    « Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 07:11:39 PM »
    Get another Hard Drive.
    You are supposed to have a spare hard drive.
    Unless you like to live in ever present danger.

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      Re: Is it possible to install a OS on a external Hard Drive?
      « Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009, 07:14:24 PM »
      Yes I have another hard drive(External). But how do I install Vista 7 onto this drive?

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      Re: Is it possible to install a OS on a external Hard Drive?
      « Reply #3 on: May 11, 2009, 08:09:39 PM »
      With a ton of effort...
         
       
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      Re: Is it possible to install a OS on a external Hard Drive?
      « Reply #4 on: May 11, 2009, 08:12:48 PM »
      I'm not sure about Windows 7 but it can be done with XP

      http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php?action=post;topic=83289.0;num_replies=2

      You cant realy use it on different computers for obvious reasons. Also it seems to run a bit slower on external drives. I used a pocket 60 Gig portable drive. I assume the lag comes from usb not being as fast as the cable but it worked great!!!
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      Re: Is it possible to install a OS on a external Hard Drive?
      « Reply #5 on: May 11, 2009, 08:32:25 PM »
      err...


      you linked to this thread... was that intentional?
      I was trying to dereference Null Pointers before it was cool.

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        Re: Is it possible to install a OS on a external Hard Drive?
        « Reply #6 on: May 11, 2009, 08:34:06 PM »
        fat_basterd21:  Check your link.  The one you provided isn't very helpful.  --dahlarbear

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          Re: Is it possible to install a OS on a external Hard Drive?
          « Reply #7 on: May 11, 2009, 08:45:52 PM »
          OK, OK,

          fat_basterd21, can you give me the correct link? This one just links to the thread.  :P

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          Re: Is it possible to install a OS on a external Hard Drive?
          « Reply #8 on: May 11, 2009, 08:56:18 PM »
          OK, OK,

          fat_basterd21, can you give me the correct link? This one just links to the thread.  :P

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          With a ton of effort...

          What I meant earlier was the you put the spare drive inside your PC and set the other aside. It is your backup. If you can use a screwdriver you can do it.

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          Re: Is it possible to install a OS on a external Hard Drive?
          « Reply #9 on: May 12, 2009, 08:59:39 PM »
          Hahaha what a noob!!! Here ya go...

          http://www.ngine.de/index.jsp?pageid=4176

          Ohh and its not as much effort as it looks. I did it easily. You do need some specific tools it lists. Its a complete walkthrough for Windows XP, not sure if this could be used in Windows 7
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          Re: Is it possible to install a OS on a external Hard Drive?
          « Reply #10 on: May 13, 2009, 01:06:23 AM »
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          not sure if this could be used in Windows 7
          Windows 7 does anything you want...
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          Oops , off  topic. Sorry!