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Windows 7: Help installing windows to free space on harddrive

10 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Help installing windows to free space on harddrive

I am having trouble installing Windows to my external harddrive. I have more than enough space (~350GB) free, but the Windows 7 installer DVD will not let me install to this space.
I need to install to this harddrive because the HDD that came with the computer is dead. Can you help me?

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10 Feb 2012   #2

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Windows 7 x64

Is it formatted ntfs?
Most portable drives come formatted fat32.
Windows 7 will not work with fat32
anyhow instead of running you through all the possible reasons it may be best just to follow this.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

following that should eliminate the majority of things that would be causing the problem.
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10 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 10 Pro X64

I don't believe you can install Windows to an external hard drive.

Installing Windows 7 on External HDD
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10 Feb 2012   #4

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Windows 7 x64

oh wait are we trying to do this while it's still in a usb enclosure? bad idea would be horribly slow anyway.

I thought he was saying he had a external drive that he was using as a replacement.

...which would be the way to go here.
Remove it from the portable enclosure and put it in the computer.
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