problematic step in installing windows 7 on external hard drive

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  1. Posts : 5
    windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
       #1

    problematic step in installing windows 7 on external hard drive


    Hi everybody!!

    I am trying to instal windows 7 on external hard drive following How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive

    the boot from this drive did not work and I have a suspicion what the problem could be.

    when i have to indicate the first active partition,whichis in point 8 of hte instructions, i am not usre what to do.

    on my laptop, the first active partition is reserved 100mb one, which has no letter assigned, so I cannot give it as the answer. to make things worse, partition c on my laptop is inactive. and even when i used paragon hard disk manager to make the reserved letterless one inactive and c active, upon next restart the situation got back to the original.

    supposedly, this messes up the installlation data.

    how can i solve this problem?
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  2. Posts : 2,410
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
       #2

    Wait a second, so your laptop cannot boot?
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  3.    #3

    It is not worth the time trying to install Win7 to an external HD. USB is the bottleneck. Even if it installs it is too slow to bother with. Better to use internal or eSATA.
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  4. Posts : 5
    windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
    Thread Starter
       #4

    from my laptop's internal harddisk - it can boot.

    but when i tried to boot this laptop from external hard drive, it would not. i suspect that something is wrong related to point 8 of the instructions How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive
    which requires letter of the first active partition - i assume it is the partition of the source internal disk, not the destination external one. please correct me if i am wrong.



    i hope it clarifies it.
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  5. Posts : 2,410
    Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
       #5

    Why do you want to even do this?
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  6. Posts : 5
    windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
    Thread Starter
       #6

    For diagnostic purposes - to test two hard drives, and to gain access to data which is there.

    Could someone please anwer my questions?
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  7. Posts : 11,408
    ME/XP/Vista/Win7
       #7

    WarriorLite said:
    For diagnostic purposes - to test two hard drives, and to gain access to data which is there.

    Could someone please anwer my questions?
    You use the Start up Repair CD/DVD for doing that, or softwate using WinPE3.
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  8. Posts : 10,796
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #8

    WarriorLite said:
    Hi everybody!!

    I am trying to instal windows 7 on external hard drive following How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive

    the boot from this drive did not work and I have a suspicion what the problem could be.

    when i have to indicate the first active partition,whichis in point 8 of hte instructions, i am not usre what to do.

    on my laptop, the first active partition is reserved 100mb one, which has no letter assigned, so I cannot give it as the answer. to make things worse, partition c on my laptop is inactive. and even when i used paragon hard disk manager to make the reserved letterless one inactive and c active, upon next restart the situation got back to the original.


    supposedly, this messes up the installlation data.

    how can i solve this problem?
    Why not leave 100MB system reserved active? Just give it a drive letter in disk management. You can always remove the drive letter when you're finished
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  9. Posts : 10,796
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #9

    Why install win7 on external usb disk??
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  10.    #10

    You can rescue data from Win7 installed internally, using the Win7 DVD or Repair CD to Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console, or Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0 Free CD.

    We have already answered your question about installing Win7 to USB external HD. If you want a dialogue then discuss what we've posted, don't just ignore it and insist we answer your question we've just answered.
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