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install Win7 Ult 64 to a 240 GB SSD USB enclosure


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#1 RichUrm

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 11:53 AM

install Win Ult 64 to a 240 GB SSD USB drive enclosure so I can boot up to it.  Any tips or caveats for doing that?

 

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 11:59 AM

Does your motherboard/system support booting from USB?  Not all boards do.

 

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 12:21 PM

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Yes.  From within the bios (although that has been erratic lately) and also has a PF12 boot menu that offers USB booting.  There is a 2014 update to my MB bios, should I update that before installing?



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Posted 18 October 2014 - 01:15 PM

I would not...I never have updated a BIOS on any system which I have built/owned.

 

IMO, BIOS updates should only be even spoken of when there is either enhanced ability provided by the update...or the update was issued to resolve a known issue/defect with the BIOS.

 

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 01:27 PM

I agree with Louis.

 

Go to the manufacturer's website and look at the dirver downloads.  If there is a BIOS update listed it will be for a good reason.  Copy the version of the update and Google it to see why it's being offered.


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Posted 18 October 2014 - 08:19 PM

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Yes.  From within the bios (although that has been erratic lately) and also has a PF12 boot menu that offers USB booting.  There is a 2014 update to my MB bios, should I update that before installing? **

 

 

Which USB choice do I need to make for the bootable Win7 USB HD enclosure?  I assume USB-HDD, but then what would I choose if at another time I want to boot a utility disk from USB stick?   USB-FDD, USB-HDD, USB-Zip or USB-CDROM?

 

**Apparently, this is actually a driver update to the IDE-SATA controller and is dated this year.  Should I try to apply this from DOS before installing the new OS to the USB enclosure?  I have noticed erratic behavior from the IDE/Sata/AHCI controller part of the bios.

http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/download-center.aspx?kw=GA-880GA-UD3H&ck=

I notice some different revisions listed at the link above.  How do I know what revision my MB is?

 

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 07:21 AM

Your destgnated boot options in the BIOS...determine which device is booted.

 

Many systems have multiple hard drives...and Windows does not boot randomly from whichever it feels like.  It tries the selected first boot option as defined in the BIOS...then, if it cannot boot from that, it goes to the second option.

 

That's why it's important to change the boot options in the BIOS when trying to boot from the optical drive on a system where the designated hard drive...is the first boot option.

 

Ditto for any USB device.

 

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 11:27 AM

Yes

 

Your destgnated boot options in the BIOS...determine which device is booted.

 

Many systems have multiple hard drives...and Windows does not boot randomly from whichever it feels like.  It tries the selected first boot option as defined in the BIOS...then, if it cannot boot from that, it goes to the second option.

 

That's why it's important to change the boot options in the BIOS when trying to boot from the optical drive on a system where the designated hard drive...is the first boot option.

 

Ditto for any USB device.

 

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Yes.  I would (and am able to) set up the bios to b0ot to the USB enclosure, once Win7 has been installed.  Additionally, I can use PF12 when booting up to temporarily boot to a specific device.






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