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Adding external HD 500 gig for windows Vista Home Premium


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#1 audioAl

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Posted 19 October 2008 - 12:11 PM

Hey guys, I just purchased a new External drive and the Vista OS, how shoud I proceed? "Connect the new drive and then load the Vista, right?
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Posted 19 October 2008 - 01:48 PM

hi,,, do you mean your putting an os on an external hdd,,, or you want to use the ext hdd with an existing pc with its os ???
if its the latter then just plug and play,,,, if its the former then pass, i did'nt even know you could do this.
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Posted 19 October 2008 - 04:23 PM

hi,,, do you mean your putting an os on an external hdd,,, or you want to use the ext hdd with an existing pc with its os ???
if its the latter then just plug and play,,,, if its the former then pass, i did'nt even know you could do this.

Your right Figgis, I cannot, I am using Memeo Western Didital to backup my files, then I will install Vista Home Permium. The inatial install failed, I'm glad as I didnt backup. Any more advise?
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 07:25 AM

hi,,, do you mean your putting an os on an external hdd,,, or you want to use the ext hdd with an existing pc with its os ???
if its the latter then just plug and play,,,, if its the former then pass, i did'nt even know you could do this.

Your right Figgis, I cannot, I am using Memeo Western Didital to backup my files, then I will install Vista Home Permium. The inatial install failed, I'm glad as I didnt backup. Any more advise? I also bought the 32 bit and need the 64 bit, I'm headed back to BestBuy.


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Posted 20 October 2008 - 12:11 PM

hi,,,, so let me see if im right,,,, you have got an external hdd to backup all your files to,,, then your going to re format your pc's internal hdd and install vista, then move all the files backed up on the ext hdd back to the new os which is vista,,,
if this is right then you need to plug in the external hdd and format it to ntfs file system,,, then if your just copying your music and pictures etc,,, just drag and drop them onto the ext hdd,,, and then do the same in reverse,,, ie from your ext hdd back to the new os on the pc,,,, if you do a back up so to speak, and then reinstall that backup after changing the os then this will probably fail, as the back was made while on xp and your trying to install it on vista.
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 05:05 AM

hi,,,, so let me see if im right,,,, you have got an external hdd to backup all your files to,,, then your going to re format your pc's internal hdd and install vista, then move all the files backed up on the ext hdd back to the new os which is vista,,,
if this is right then you need to plug in the external hdd and format it to ntfs file system,,, then if your just copying your music and pictures etc,,, just drag and drop them onto the ext hdd,,, and then do the same in reverse,,, ie from your ext hdd back to the new os on the pc,,,, if you do a back up so to speak, and then reinstall that backup after changing the os then this will probably fail, as the back was made while on xp and your trying to install it on vista.

Thanks for the information, I falied to partition the HD, the XP os said rundle error and I cant get XP to Boot. I am going to buy a smaller HD to boot a clean install of Vista Ultimate, 64 bit. I will use the 32 bit DVD for my old Acer in my bedroom eventually. I need to research how to partition a HD. Any suggestions?
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 05:41 PM

You may want to read these two tips:
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vis...-windows-vista/
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vis...ista-partition/

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