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19 Dec 2009   #1

Vista and windows 7(soon)
 
 
Windows 7 install from portable HDD

Hello, I will be getting a samsung N310 for christmas and among the goodies in my stocking will be an external hard drive and some ram, I want to install Windows 7 ultimate 32bit onto it. I am aware the hardware can handle it but I am researching a permanant install of the OS onto the existing built in hard drive of the samsung(XP) from the portable HDD. So far I am unlucky and I cant find a tutorial. Getting the OS is fine, its Installing the bloody thing thats got me all conflustered.
Any Help would be greatly appreciated, and I can provide further information if any one needs it to answer the question. Thanks in advance

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19 Dec 2009   #2

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Christmas must have changed since I was young, because one never knew for certain what they might receive for Christmas...unless it was something that they got for themselves.

The only way that I'm aware of to install an OS from one drive to another, is via cloning, or burning an image from one drive location or another. It would be better to start with a fresh clean install.
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19 Dec 2009   #3

Vista and windows 7(soon)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Christmas must have changed since I was young, because one never knew for certain what they might receive for Christmas...unless it was something that they got for themselves.

The only way that I'm aware of to install an OS from one drive to another, is via cloning, or burning an image from one drive location or another. It would be better to start with a fresh clean install.
It has changed I ordered it myself lol. I'm fine with a clean install installation of the Windows 7 OS will be my first order of business the netbook will be empty? But can I just put the OS on my External drive from my present pc (ZIPED) and install it onto the new netbook?
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19 Dec 2009   #4

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I think that it might be possible, but it would be a lot easier to install it from a DVD or flash drive.
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19 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Hi, it can be installed from an external drive as this is what I have done with my partner's Acer Aspire One. Follow the instructions from this website Install Windows 7 From USB Drive/Pen Drive

Make sure your bios is set to boot from the USB drive and it should work fine. Win 7 also runs better than XP and Aero etc. was all enabled on first boot.

Good luck.
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19 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Is Windows 7 on the external HDD an ISO file, an installation or something else?
All you need to do is run setup.exe while running the current OS and do a custom installation.
Don't need a DVD or USB drive.
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20 Dec 2009   #7

Vista and windows 7(soon)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Is Windows 7 on the external HDD an ISO file, an installation or something else?
All you need to do is run setup.exe while running the current OS and do a custom installation.
Don't need a DVD or USB drive.
I downloaded the Windows 7 OS from some Funny sources to put it in terms that dont incriminate me, but its in ISO form
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20 Dec 2009   #8

Win 7 pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
 
 

So you pirated it. I see, so you have to burn it or mount it and then like logicearth said install it by running the setup.exe
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20 Dec 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Santa puts lumps of coral in pirate stockings.
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20 Dec 2009   #10

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Santa doesn't use coral anymore ... EPA dont ya know... He uses environmentally friendly droppings from the Reindeer now...
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