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Windows 7: Installing XP on USB Hard drive

21 Aug 2012   #1
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Installing XP on USB Hard drive

So pleased with my fast running PC after gregrockers Clean Install that I don't want to interfere with that at all but could do with an instance of WinXP on this PC. I have an unused 80GB Ext USB Hard drive available. Does it make sense to install my legit copy of XP on that?
Forget this for now. Ext Hard Drive has just died R.I.P.
No as you were! Just come alive again. (Actually I had the wrong mains lead connected


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21 Aug 2012   #2
Carl Lawrence

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.
 
 

I don't think you can install windows on an external hard-drive.
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21 Aug 2012   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello John.


If you really want XP, install to an Extended partition / Logical drive just don't neglect how you have AHCI set on your box.


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21 Aug 2012   #4
gregrocker

 

Can you install the drive internally?

If so you can get the safest Dual Boot which is to install to a separate HD, booted only via the BIOS, with the other HD unplugged during install.
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22 Aug 2012   #5
mitchell65

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Can you install the drive internally?

If so you can get the safest Dual Boot which is to install to a separate HD, booted only via the BIOS, with the other HD unplugged during install.
Yes I could install this spare drive internally but it is so old and slow I would probably get a new internal drive and do as you suggest. Realise now, and should have given it more thought in the first place, that to do what I originally suggested was not the best idea in the world.
Now with further thought I am considering investing in an SSD later so would use that for my Win 7 and the original HD could take the XP setup. get the best of both worlds that way. I did as you suggested in your article take a backup of my new clean install Win7. Could I just install that onto new SSD or would I need to do a complete Win 7 install from scratch?
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22 Aug 2012   #6
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You can transfer your current HD OS to the SSD.

This tutorial has all the instructions for doing this:

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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22 Aug 2012   #7
mitchell65

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
You can transfer your current HD OS to the SSD.

This tutorial has all the instructions for doing this:

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
Many thanks for that. Dont tell anyone but I reckon i will go for the easy option and buy the prog!
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22 Aug 2012   #8
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You're welcome.
From what i've read, i think most people here recommend using that program.
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