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Windows 7: Using a external hdd insted of internal ssd

28 May 2013   #1
Leon478

win 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 
Using a external hdd insted of internal ssd

Hello,
I have a dell 910 notebook and the ssd has failed.
I would like to know if I can load windows on a external hdd and run the notebook from that
Thank you in advance


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28 May 2013   #2
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Leon478 welcome to SF,
Absolutely you can. I might recommend a new SSD though and a back up drive. On my work lappy I run a 256gb SSD and then a 1TB usb 3.0 HDD external. Another idea would be to get a large SD card and boot from it to a internal spinner. Lots of options but your idea is correct but you will need to change the boot order in your bios.
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28 May 2013   #3
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

I was under the impression that Windows...without a crowbar and much finagling was designed NOT to boot from external HDD's...
Has this changed recently ?
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28 May 2013   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I am lso very doubful that you can run Windows from an Ext HD. If you could it would be dreadfully slow, surely!!
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28 May 2013   #5
jshinevar

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Windows doesn't care where it's installed as long as it's a bootable drive. However, it is correct to assume that it will run slow due to being run from a USB drive instead of a SATA connected drive.
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28 May 2013   #6
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

It will also be totally unstble, or it was when i tried it some time ago.
More importantly lets ask Leon why he thinks the SSD has failed? Also how old is this laptop?
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28 May 2013   #7
jshinevar

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Agreed, even replacing the internal SSD with a regular HD internally is a better option. A lot of external hard drives are just enclosures for a regular laptop hard drive. If money is a concern, you could break open the external HD and take out the laptop drive in there and throw that in the computer.
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29 May 2013   #8
Leon478

win 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thanks to everyone for your help, it is my first post and I am amazed how quickly help was given
Linneymayerhere- thanks,I don't have provision for a sd card money is tight at mo so buying a new ssd is not an option
Mitchell65- when I try to reinstall windows error 0x0300024 appears
Jshinevar- The notebook will only accept an ssd
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29 May 2013   #9
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Except for Windows 8 Enterprise edition Microsoft has never supported installing Windows to an external drive. This isn't really a practical proposition, even if you can make it work.
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29 May 2013   #10
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Leon478 View Post
Mitchell65- when I try to reinstall windows error 0x0300024 appears
Earlier I asked "Also how old is this laptop?" Can you reply please?
I don't think that receiving that error message indicates that the SSD has died. My take on that is that the partition on the disc is not set to active!
Although you have not fully complated your System Specs my research suggests that your Notebook is getting a little old. According to the Dell site it originally came with Windows XP pre installed. Does the Dell sticker on your machine confirm this? That being so are you sure that the Notebook will run Windows 7? Also you might have a corrupted installation media. Is this a USB stick as I can't see that you have a DVD drive?
Where did your copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit come from?
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