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Windows 7: Is it possible to install W7 on USB hdd?

28 May 2013   #1
churin

W7 Ult x64 and W8 Pro x64
 
 
Is it possible to install W7 on USB hdd?

I am having difficulty restoring backup image of W7 on SATA controller onto USB3 connected hard drive. I have not tried clean install on USB3 connected hdd yet but am beginning to suspect it is not possible.


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28 May 2013   #2
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

To my knowledge i dont think it is possible to install to external drive
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28 May 2013   #3
jshinevar

Windows 7 x64
 
 

It is possible, as long as your BIOS recognizes the drive as a bootable option.
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28 May 2013   #4
problemshredder

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

i've never tried installing an OS on an external hd myself, but it feels quite risky even if it can be done. when something happens to the usb connection, the whole system will tumble. what's wrong with restoring to the internal hd ?
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28 May 2013   #5
jshinevar

Windows 7 x64
 
 

oh I agree, I never would want to, but if you absolutely had to, it could be done.
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28 May 2013   #6
churin

W7 Ult x64 and W8 Pro x64
 
 

It would be handy for emergency use. Anyway this is off topic.
I wonder if anyone know how to? I do not want to clean install for my purpose though. I would think if W7 can be installed on USB hdd, then W7 backup image can be restored on USB drive.
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28 May 2013   #7
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

As far as I know, it is not possible with Windows 7.
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28 May 2013   #8
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Microsoft has never supported installing any version of Windows to an external drive, except Windows 8 Enterprise Edition. Note that this is not a retail product but available only to large organizations with bulk licensing.

With some hardware it is possible but not really a practical proposition.
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28 May 2013   #9
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

It is possible with software out there. But I would not advise you to do it. Basically the software turns it into a internal device. But when you start to remove and re-insert things really go bad.
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