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Windows 7: Installation through Protable Hard dissk

12 Jan 2010   #1

Windows Vista
Installation through Protable Hard dissk


I have a question, just out of curiosity. I know how can I use a USB drive for installation of windows 7, but I have a portable western digital hard disk of 160 GB.

Can I partition this hard disk to create a 4 GB partition and use that partition for installation of windows 7? If yes then how can I do it?


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12 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64


I am sorry, it is currently impossible to install from an external hard drive. I don't know, maybe if you stuck all the files on it, and ran setup.exe from within Windows, it would work, but you cannot boot from it.
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