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Windows 7: switch on some OS in a removable disk

04 Apr 2013   #11
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You can't boot from an external USB hard drive.


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04 Apr 2013   #12
hesam

Windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

so,i how do it?
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04 Apr 2013   #13
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

If your intent is to boot from the external drive and select an OS to install from a list, that is no easy feat to accomplish. I don't know of an easy way to do it. You would likely have to do it from the preinstallation environment.
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Are these copies of Windows copies of the install disks?
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04 Apr 2013   #14
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
You can't boot from an external USB hard drive.
It is possible to boot from a USB external hard drive. It's not easy but its doable. "Windows To Go" for example. Microsoft doesn't want you to do it with Windows 7 but it has been done. How practical it is I don't know. I wouldn't think it would work very well, especially if you start plugging it into different hardware.
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04 Apr 2013   #15
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Thanks Kerry, I was going with what my board manual says about booting from USB, it doesn't support it. Never tried though.
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04 Apr 2013   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I give you guys credit, I was lost on what he actually wants to do, that is
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04 Apr 2013   #17
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Thanks Kerry, I was going with what my board manual says about booting from USB, it doesn't support it. Never tried though.
No problem. My two ASUS motherboards support it. My new ASUS laptop too. I do all my installs from USB thumb drives. It is so much faster than doing it from the DVD. I don't have an optical drive in either of my desktop PC's, I have just about everything I need on thumb drives or external USB hard drives. I have a USB DVD burner for burning disks and loading games that use DRM.
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04 Apr 2013   #18
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Gotcha, I can boot a thumb drive and install w7, done it a few times. Haven't tried booting an OS from USB though.
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04 Apr 2013   #19
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hum the closest I got was to clone a HDD (hooked up with the gadget) from an external but you need the "middleman" HDD operating the machine to do the cloning.

Still think a straight stick install is best what hesam would like to do sounds like an awful lot of grief.
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04 Apr 2013   #20
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Gotcha, I can boot a thumb drive and install w7, done it a few times. Haven't tried booting an OS from USB though.
I very briefly played around with the Windows 8 "Windows To Go". I installed it to a USB 2.0 external enclosure that had an IDE desktop drive in it. It was OK, a little slow but I was expecting that.
Anyway hopefully the OP gets back to us with what exactly they want to do.
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