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Windows 7: External Hard Drives

26 Dec 2017   #1
cmmpro1

Win7 Pro 64 bit and Win10 Pro 64 bit
 
 
External Hard Drives

Can I run software from an external hard drive? I want to use the external so that I can switch computers if I need to.


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27 Dec 2017   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum. In general no as any install adds files to c and registers DLL you can run portable software ok. You may get away with it installing to external on one of them do it on another the same so dlls are registered and registry is correct
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27 Dec 2017   #3
cmmpro1

Win7 Pro 64 bit and Win10 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Humm! How do I do that? I'm fairly new at this but want to learn. Btw, thank you for having me on the forum.
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27 Dec 2017   #4
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

If the software runs without your needing to first install it in Windows, then yes, you can run it from an external hard drive.
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27 Dec 2017   #5
cmmpro1

Win7 Pro 64 bit and Win10 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I am wanting to run Autodesk Fusion 360 and Autodesk Inventor. I am not sure if these softwares are windows based. I think they are.
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27 Dec 2017   #6
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

You will have to install them before running them. They will work in Windows or on a MAC.

If you install them to the external drive, they will work from there. But then if you move the drive to another computer, you would have to install them again in order to get them to work on the other computer. You would then have problems on the first computer.

If you have only one license, but you are hoping that this will allow you to run that one license on more than one computer, it's not likely to work, because Autodesk software is very thorough in verifying that you are following the requirements of your license. Also, we can't help you with something like that; that would be a violation of forum rules.
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27 Dec 2017   #7
cmmpro1

Win7 Pro 64 bit and Win10 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
You will have to install them before running them. They will work in Windows or on a MAC.

If you install them to the external drive, they will work from there. But then if you move the drive to another computer, you would have to install them again in order to get them to work on the other computer. You would then have problems on the first computer.

If you have only one license, but you are hoping that this will allow you to run that one license on more than one computer, it's not likely to work, because Autodesk software is very thorough in verifying that you are following the requirements of your license. Also, we can't help you with something like that; that would be a violation of forum rules.
I didn't know that. My license allow me to operate on three computers. Wow, I guess I need to make one computer dedicated to Autodesk. The problem is that I am running PC-DMIS, CMM Manager and the two Autodesk items on one computer and its killing it. The laptop is a Probook 6470b.
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27 Dec 2017   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Any Autodesk software requires a medium to high performance computer.
Forget all laptops. They are not designed for power computing. They are designed to be portable.

Buy a Unlocked i7 (K), a Z chipset MB, 16 G of fast memory and a small (128G) SSD for Windows and programs and a good HDD for data.
Then you will see the computer waiting for you and not the opposite.
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27 Dec 2017   #9
cmmpro1

Win7 Pro 64 bit and Win10 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Explain an Unlocked i7 and why not a laptop? I have to be mobile. My job requires it so a desktop for me is useless. My Probooks does well it's just the disk space. However, I do want to upgrade. Can I upgrade my ProBooks? If so, what do you recommend?
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27 Dec 2017   #10
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Unlocked CPUs can be set to work at higher clocks (when needed).
Power computing (4 cores at 4GHz) generates ~100W or even higher. To take out all the heat you must have a good CPU heat sink. That is only possible on a desktop.
I have seen gaming laptops (with i7) that has only 2 cores. Reason: Power dissipation. That is why you will never have a high end Laptop that gets close to a desktop.

As I suggested, buy a workstation desktop to do the hard work and buy a gaming laptop to have the mobility you need.
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