Install Win 7 on 2TB hdd conn thru USB?

Microsoft Windows 2003 server - 5 users
May 7, 2010 at 07:14:41
Specs: Windows XP, Intel P4 1.6 GZ
I have a question regarding adding an external 2TB hdd to my existing Laptop.
I have 2 partitions on the 80 GB hdd both Win XP on the laptop with Win XP on both paritions.

I want to install
Linux & Unix OS,
Windows 2008 R2 server,
Windows 7 & Windows XP.

I have created or tried to create 7 partitions using Partition Magic & now I am wondering which boot loader is the best to use with my laptop (which has 2 Win XP OS already)?

Using USB connection not SATA/IDE etc.
I tried to install Win 7 but I got error msg : Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Setup does not support configuration of or installation to disks connected through a USB or IEEE 1394 port.
Can I achieve this in the 2 TB hdd with along with existing 2 OS on laptop (total 8 OS's)???
Any help appreciated.


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#1
May 7, 2010 at 07:41:43
It's been my experience when installing multiple, different OS's that you want to install Windows first and any Linux/UNIX based OS last.

I tried to install Win 7 but I got error msg : Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Setup does not support configuration of or installation to disks connected through a USB or IEEE 1394 port.
Can I achieve this in the 2 TB hdd with along with existing 2 OS on laptop (total 8 OS's)???

The portion of the error message that you posted, that I highlighted (bold) kind of answers your question............don't you think? Or was there a part of that sentence that wasn't clear?


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#2
May 7, 2010 at 08:09:21
You can only create 4 partitions per disk. Some programs will allow you to make more but then you run into problems with the OS seeing these.

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#3
May 7, 2010 at 12:58:41
You can make as many partitions as you want. Some OS's will only boot to a logical partition but there are ways around that.

You need to look up pages on how to install windows 7 to an external disk. It is not MS supported. Not sure how legal it is. Might be easier to make a small partition for the base install of W7 and add in partition space from usb for programs.

Could install the MS products to HD and use the external for all other OS's that don't care.

See also boot managers.
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Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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