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How Do I Put Windows Xp On An External Harddrive?


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#1 DarkLiter

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 10:40 PM

I recently got an external harddrive (im one that seems to have many computer problems, they chase me around i swear) but anyway, back to the point...i bought this external harddrive and for awhile i've been thinking about how to get Windows XP on it and use it as a full system backup, so incase my Internal Harddrive fails, i can boot up on my external and have everything that was on my internal on it, and continue about my business until i can have my internal fixed.

I really hope that made sense, I reread it too...

I feel this answer is staring me in the face, but i dont want to do anything wrong and mess something up... I have a Windows XP OS Disc and i have Windows Live One Care which has a backup and restore option on it, if that helps in any way. But yea...basically i wanna make 1 giant copy lol Any help appreciated.

Thank you very much.

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 05:07 AM

Hello,

I would take the hard drive out of the external case, and switch it with the one in the tower. install xp on it then remove it from the tower and put the one that was in the tower originally in to the tower again.

Hope this helps
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Posted 12 March 2007 - 05:14 AM

You can get imaging software which will backup your entire hard drive to the external drive. This is called creating an image. Then, if something goes wrong you can restore your hard drive using this image and you should be off and running. But you won't be able to run your system straight from the external drive, you'll need to restore the image first. Not exactly what you were looking for but it might be of interest.

Acronis True Image can do this but it's not freeware. There are probably some freeware apps out there that can do the same.
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Posted 12 March 2007 - 04:23 PM

Ok, thank you

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 02:57 PM

I read somewhere that a European Police force (I forget which country) was able to install Windows XP on a 4GB flash drive for their officers to carry and log on to the VPN quickly and easily from anywhere.

They had to get special permission from Microsoft to do it, and a team of software engineers to actually figure out how.




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