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Windows 7: Windows 7 installation to/from ext USB drive (not stick)

04 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Windows 7 installation to/from ext USB drive (not stick)


I have few doubts:

1. Is it possible to install Windows 7 ONTO external USB drives (160GB passport / 2TB ext. drive)? I guess not but I just want get it confirmed by experts here.

2. Is it possible to install Windows 7 (ONTO internal hard drive) FROM external USB drives (not USB sticks) like 160GB passport/ 2TB ext USB HDD? If yes, Could any please let me know the procedure to prepare one?

3. Is it possible to setup Windows 7 LIVE disk on USB stick? if yes, procedure pls..

4. Is it possible to setup Windows 7 LIVE disk on ext USB drive? if yes, procedure pls..


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05 Jul 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


The answer re: isnstalling Win7 to USB is No. The bottleneck is the USB controller. If it installs it runs slow as molasses. Activation is also nearly impossible since it can be carried around to any machine, which is why MS tried hard to keep us from doing this.

You can google how to install from a USB external HD but it is a PITA not worth the trouble when flash sticks are $5 with free shipping on
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