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Booting Windows 7 from USB HDD Dock? (Ubuntu primary OS)

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#1 jerseydevil82


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Posted 01 April 2016 - 09:54 AM

I wasn't sure which category this would fall into, Windows or Linux, but anyway, let me give some background on my question:

I am using a Lenovo T550 Thinkpad, I have Ubuntu 15.10 as the OS which was on the HDD from the other computer I had. The HDD that came with the Lenovo had Windows 7 installed on it. I also have a HDD USB dock and I am trying to run Windows from the USB dock but everytime I try to boot from the USB the Windows loading screen will pop up then crash after a few seconds. I swapped the HDD with the one inside and Windows will boot fine and run as normal... Infact I can even boot Ubuntu from the USB Dock... but for some reason it will not run Windows from the dock... Even when I try to boot from that specific partition of the HDD that contains the Windows OS. Does any body have any suggestions? Sorry if this may be the wrong category... 

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 09:57 AM

No windows won't work over USB connections as its crippled by Windows being greedy

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 04:43 PM

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