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Windows 7: Make Boot System drive Portable and then back to Normal

08 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Make Boot System drive Portable and then back to Normal

I'm moving overseas, and I'm prepping a Netbook computer to take with me as I don't get my desktop computer over there for a few months.

I have an extrernal drive enclosure that my current Desktop system drive will fit into nicely, and it has 1.15TB of free space.
My idea is to
  1. Shut down my desktop
  2. Move its boot drive into the enclosure
  3. Use it as an external storage device for my netbook until my desktop arrives.

Both systems are running Windows 7 Ultimate.

I'm just concerned that when Win7 sees that the external drive is a system disk, it will force me to change disk types in such a way that it won't work as a boot disk when I put it back into my desktop computer.

I don't think I'll have any problems using it for storage on my Netbook. The reason for this is 2 months is a long time, and I don't have a lot of funds available before I go. In fact, I think I've already overspent. ooops.

your thoughts?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Pre

What i Suggest is that you Partition the drive so you use the Extra space as Space and not corrupt the desktops Boot drive.

To partition the drive goto "My Computer" Right click and manage, find drive Drive Management Select your Drive and Shrink. It will give you a amount of space that your able too use.

Good Luck

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install

I suggest you to leave your desktop hard disk in your desktop pc and buy another hard disk for external storage. Hard disks are very cheap.
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