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#1 Derek Ellis

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 10:25 PM

I was just wondering, can Windows or any other OS be installed on a USB hard drive?

If so, that would be like taking around my own computer and plugging into someone elses and booting up from the USB port and using what i have installed and not touch the host computer OS?


Is this possible?

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 11:24 PM

Installing a OS on a external drive can be done if the computer used for the install has the boot from USB, or other device, feature.
There is a major flaw with the portability, booting on other computers idea.
XP would have all of the drivers installed for the unit used to do the install.
When hooked to another computer the drivers wouldn't match up .
The drive might & might not boot but if it did after using it on a couple of different units it would probably develope a no boot problem.
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Posted 05 June 2009 - 11:48 PM

So you are saying that for example, if i have drivers for a dekstop it might not work on a laptop? Or if i dont have drivers for a device i wont be able to use it?




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