install and run windows server 2008

March 15, 2011 at 20:10:06
Specs: Windows Server 2008, AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+ 3GB DDR2
hi all this is the first time ive used this site. I was wondering whether it was possible to install and run server 2k8 on a external HDD. it is not my intention to move from system to system with it. just my orignal HDD containing said instaltion died.
thanks tom

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March 15, 2011 at 20:45:47
Microsoft does not support installing any version of Windows on and external drive. It may be possible but is not recommended. You should replace the internal drive.

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March 17, 2011 at 20:24:16
you can put it on an external hdd and then run it on virtual pc do not put anything on your c drive. i know it can be done i have done it personally

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March 18, 2011 at 02:37:03
You can do that, but it will be pretty slow if you are not using eSATA, firewire, or USB3 to connect the external drive. Particularly if any paging is involved.

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March 18, 2011 at 14:59:38
If you are talking about doing a system state backup then yes but you have to do the backup from the command line.


(or what ever drive your removable is on)

I think the old NTBACKUP was way better than this 2008 junk but that is MS for you.

To restore it you just boot from the system disk and restore from backup.

Now, if you want to actually run from an external hard drive (which is CRAZY) you will need to install to it using a new install. Be aware it will only work on servers with the exact same hardware so don't think you can take the hard drive off of the server and move it to another. I have never tried it my self, my guess is windows will detect that it is removable media and stop the install.

The only other way would be to do like suggested above which is install to a Linux boot and with a VM which runs the image. It will be really slow.

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March 19, 2011 at 08:35:43
I think we need to clarify what is an external drive.

DAS [direct attached storage] is an external drive and MS has no issues whatsoever installing to this.

Now if this is a usb attached drive then there is an issue since the usb drivers are loaded much later in the boot sequence which is what makes supporting a usb attached drive difficult.

sankster2001 it appears you are asking about an external drive due to internal drive failure. You need to replace the internal drive. This is not difficult to do at all. Just a few screws and unplug /plug in a couple of cables. That should be your course you should follow.

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