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Make a bootable external flash drive?

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#1 Jongo123


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Posted 09 July 2015 - 07:28 PM

Is it possible to install Windows Vista (or any Windows) to an external flash drive?


This is just a contingency, in case of emergency. If my computer fails, I want to boot up from the flash drive to diagnose the problem.

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 09 July 2015 - 07:41 PM

I think the easiest would be to download Hiren's CD iso and use Rufus to create a bootable USB flash drive.  Parted Magic is based on linux and is also a good diagnostic tool. I linked to the last free version. Here is the website.

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 06:30 PM

If the external storage drive connected to eSata port then you may able to install Windows Vista and later version of the Windows OS's to external storage drive.

Windows To Go is a feature in Windows 8, 8.1 Enterprise that allows Windows 8 Enterprise to boot and run from USB mass storage devices such as USB flash drives and external hard disk drives.

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 09:24 AM

The determining factor is whether the boot order in the BIOS supports a USB drive.  

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