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Windows 7: Install Question

14 May 2012   #1
merkat106

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 
Install Question

Has anyone tried to install 7 on an "external" hard drive that will be installed into a laptop at a later date. I have a laptop that is being diagnosed for instability (but also had Vista installed). I won't have it back for a few days.

I want to preserve Vista on the old drive since the unit is a family members machine.

So, will installing 7 on a new drive mess up a host machine?

Host: custom I3, 10gb ram
Destination: HP dv9640us, Core 2 Duo, 4gb ram


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15 May 2012   #2
kennyidaho

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

I am not entirely clear on what you are trying to accomplish. Could you possibly explain it again?

If you are just worried about preserving the data on the Vista drive why not just make a clone to the disk. You could use Clonezilla - About to make an exact copy of the drive. When the computer comes back from the repair shop you can reapply the image.
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15 May 2012   #3
gregrocker

 

Just backup Vista using Macrium to Image your system.

Then you can install Win7 and if needed restore Macrium.

You'd need to explain a lot better what you are trying to do to get better help.
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