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April 20, 2013 at 07:42:52
Specs: Windows 7, athlon II x 4 645/6gb ddr2
Can i run windows 7 without an internal hard drive? I want to completely take out my internal hard drive and run windows 7 from a usb port. I read about a program called Wintoflash and looks good. I want to do this because i want to install a graphics card which will cover up the sata connectors on the mobo. Also, i like the idea of running it from a flash drive so i just take it out and my comp will be secure; no way to boot. Does my computer really know the difference between any of these different options? Im guessing it might run slower from a usb port. I think its usb 2.0.

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April 20, 2013 at 08:41:51
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Yes, Windows does know the difference between an internal hard disk and an external one and will not tun from an external hard disk and yes it will be slow, painfully slow from a USB 2 port.

WintoFlash is for copying installation file from a CD/DVD to a flash drive and us the flash drive as installation media as an alternative to a CD/DVD drive.. It will not allow you to boot an installed version of Windows.


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April 20, 2013 at 09:43:15
Microsoft has never supported installing Windows on an external drive until Windows 8, and then only for the Enterprise edition. This is not a retail product but available only to large organizations.

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April 20, 2013 at 10:10:15
If thats the case, i could skip the graphics card and buy a 60 gb ssd and hook it up to the motherboard via sata cable. Leave the side panel off then disconnect it when i leave.

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April 20, 2013 at 15:47:44
What graphics card are you looking at. The link below shows that at least 2 of the SATA ports should not be any problem.

You should not run your computer with the case open. The cooling is designed to work when buttoned up.

Are you worried about someone RUNNING the computer or stealing the SSD?

There are ways to secure the computer in either case.

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April 27, 2013 at 09:27:06
ive decided to keep the one i have. i was thinking about the new gtx 650ti boost, but i would also need to upgrade the power supply. i have a gtx 550ti currently and get around 50fps with high settings. thanks.

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