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Windows 7: I have no hard drive - Can I run Windows 7?

01 Jul 2010   #1
WoodyWoodsta

Windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 
I have no hard drive - Can I run Windows 7?

Hi there,

I have a laptop which has everything except for a hard drive. It has no operating system (obviously) or anything that allows it to boot except for the BIOS. I also have a normal PC (which has a hard drive ... and an operating system ). A network connection is available between both.

My question is...

Can I run my laptop and install an operating system on the laptop (or for the laptop) somehow using the network between my laptop and the PC. I have heard of Windows Terminal Server or services or something like that (according to wikipedia it's changed to Remote Desktop Services).

Would this work? If yes, how would I go about doing such a thing?

If it wouldn't, what other way could I use to solving my dilemma?


Thanks so much!!

(P.S I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to post this thread in...)


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01 Jul 2010   #2
WoodyWoodsta

Windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

Just done some research and my laptop can be called a diskless node and can perform network booting (exactly exactly what I want). Any body know how to do this?

Thanks in advance
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01 Jul 2010   #3
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WoodyWoodsta View Post
Hi there,

I have a laptop which has everything except for a hard drive. It has no operating system (obviously) or anything that allows it to boot except for the BIOS. I also have a normal PC (which has a hard drive ... and an operating system ). A network connection is available between both.

My question is...

Can I run my laptop and install an operating system on the laptop (or for the laptop) somehow using the network between my laptop and the PC. I have heard of Windows Terminal Server or services or something like that (according to wikipedia it's changed to Remote Desktop Services).

Would this work? If yes, how would I go about doing such a thing?

If it wouldn't, what other way could I use to solving my dilemma?


Thanks so much!!

(P.S I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to post this thread in...)
You in theory can but it will be more trouble, less reliable, more work and probably more money than buying a cheap HDD.

I would recommend you buy a cheap a cheap 40GB+ HDD instead because it will make your life so much easier.

I'm not an expert on this subject but I believe remote boot also requires a specialised server to boot from and not just any old PC.

Oli
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01 Jul 2010   #4
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

If you are Ok with running a fresh OS (i.e. no customizations) everytime, you can get Ubuntu it runs from a CD: Ubuntu homepage | Ubuntu
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01 Jul 2010   #5
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

INfo on diskless nodes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diskless_node

And how to set one up:

Cheapest and Hardest: Diskless Nodes

Post here all of the info you can on the diskless node and the laptop you are planning to use.

maybe we can find out if it is possible to set this up for you. ( I love a challenge !!!)
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01 Jul 2010   #6
WoodyWoodsta

Windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by osholt View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WoodyWoodsta View Post
Hi there,

I have a laptop which has everything except for a hard drive. It has no operating system (obviously) or anything that allows it to boot except for the BIOS. I also have a normal PC (which has a hard drive ... and an operating system ). A network connection is available between both.

My question is...

Can I run my laptop and install an operating system on the laptop (or for the laptop) somehow using the network between my laptop and the PC. I have heard of Windows Terminal Server or services or something like that (according to wikipedia it's changed to Remote Desktop Services).

Would this work? If yes, how would I go about doing such a thing?

If it wouldn't, what other way could I use to solving my dilemma?


Thanks so much!!

(P.S I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to post this thread in...)
You in theory can but it will be more trouble, less reliable, more work and probably more money than buying a cheap HDD.

I would recommend you buy a cheap a cheap 40GB+ HDD instead because it will make your life so much easier.

I'm not an expert on this subject but I believe remote boot also requires a specialised server to boot from and not just any old PC.

Oli
Yea I'm sure its hellish complicated. Is there any way to boot the operating system from a USB storage device? Once i get the operating system running then I can use Remote Desktop Services...

I live in South Africa so buying anything hardware related cheap is a nightmare!!
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01 Jul 2010   #7
WoodyWoodsta

Windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
If you are Ok with running a fresh OS (i.e. no customizations) everytime, you can get Ubuntu it runs from a CD: Ubuntu homepage | Ubuntu
Uh... No (thanks for suggesting anyway)
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01 Jul 2010   #8
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

ok well as for my other post on how to setup a diskless node, it says you will need to create a bootstrap for the program to launch the OS remotely. this will need a linux distro and Ubuntu is one of the easiest to start with.....

good luck though. I dont think you can install a HDD in it as it is not designed as such. Is it? is there a place for the HDD?

Maybe you can use an external HDD and boot from that?
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01 Jul 2010   #9
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WoodyWoodsta View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
If you are Ok with running a fresh OS (i.e. no customizations) everytime, you can get Ubuntu it runs from a CD: Ubuntu homepage | Ubuntu
Uh... No (thanks for suggesting anyway)
You could run a version of Linux on a small USB Pen Drive.

This would allow you to have a fully functional operating system.

The only way to go in your situation is Linux really, whether it be on a pen drive or as a remote OS (which is still massively complicated).

Oli
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01 Jul 2010   #10
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

well, there are small distro's of Linux that can run from flash drives, but I found something else that might interest you:

Windows In Your Pocket : Introduction
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