Booting the desktop from externa hard drive

October 5, 2012 at 07:57:01
Specs: Windows 7, very old computer
is it possible to boot the desktop from external hard drive ? The desktop does not have hard drive.

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October 5, 2012 at 08:41:10
I wouldn't recommend running an OS from the external HDD, especially on a "very old computer". However, you can boot from a Linux live CD/DVD, or bootable USB flash drive & use the external HDD for storage. It would help to know the system specs.

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October 5, 2012 at 09:19:59
Yes i agree with riider, Linux live CD/DVD is your best option.

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October 6, 2012 at 08:14:12
Microsoft doesn't really want you to do that but it could be done usually. In most other OS's the external is simply a scsi internal drive to the OS. This still assumes you can boot to a usb drive.

Other ways are to boot to the internet or a local pxe type boot. See for a neat trick for internet boot.

See for many flash drive type ideas.

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