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Windows 7: problematic step in installing windows 7 on external hard drive

12 Oct 2013   #1
WarriorLite

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 
problematic step in installing windows 7 on external hard drive

Hi everybody!!

I am trying to instal windows 7 on external hard drive following How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive

the boot from this drive did not work and I have a suspicion what the problem could be.

when i have to indicate the first active partition,whichis in point 8 of hte instructions, i am not usre what to do.

on my laptop, the first active partition is reserved 100mb one, which has no letter assigned, so I cannot give it as the answer. to make things worse, partition c on my laptop is inactive. and even when i used paragon hard disk manager to make the reserved letterless one inactive and c active, upon next restart the situation got back to the original.

supposedly, this messes up the installlation data.

how can i solve this problem?


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12 Oct 2013   #2
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Wait a second, so your laptop cannot boot?
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12 Oct 2013   #3
gregrocker

 

It is not worth the time trying to install Win7 to an external HD. USB is the bottleneck. Even if it installs it is too slow to bother with. Better to use internal or eSATA.
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12 Oct 2013   #4
WarriorLite

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

from my laptop's internal harddisk - it can boot.

but when i tried to boot this laptop from external hard drive, it would not. i suspect that something is wrong related to point 8 of the instructions How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive
which requires letter of the first active partition - i assume it is the partition of the source internal disk, not the destination external one. please correct me if i am wrong.



i hope it clarifies it.
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12 Oct 2013   #5
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Why do you want to even do this?
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12 Oct 2013   #6
WarriorLite

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

For diagnostic purposes - to test two hard drives, and to gain access to data which is there.

Could someone please anwer my questions?
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12 Oct 2013   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WarriorLite View Post
For diagnostic purposes - to test two hard drives, and to gain access to data which is there.

Could someone please anwer my questions?
You use the Start up Repair CD/DVD for doing that, or softwate using WinPE3.
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12 Oct 2013   #8
Kaktussoft

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WarriorLite View Post
Hi everybody!!

I am trying to instal windows 7 on external hard drive following How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive

the boot from this drive did not work and I have a suspicion what the problem could be.

when i have to indicate the first active partition,whichis in point 8 of hte instructions, i am not usre what to do.

on my laptop, the first active partition is reserved 100mb one, which has no letter assigned, so I cannot give it as the answer. to make things worse, partition c on my laptop is inactive. and even when i used paragon hard disk manager to make the reserved letterless one inactive and c active, upon next restart the situation got back to the original.


supposedly, this messes up the installlation data.

how can i solve this problem?
Why not leave 100MB system reserved active? Just give it a drive letter in disk management. You can always remove the drive letter when you're finished
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12 Oct 2013   #9
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Why install win7 on external usb disk??
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12 Oct 2013   #10
gregrocker

 

You can rescue data from Win7 installed internally, using the Win7 DVD or Repair CD to Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console, or Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0 Free CD.

We have already answered your question about installing Win7 to USB external HD. If you want a dialogue then discuss what we've posted, don't just ignore it and insist we answer your question we've just answered.
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