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    Hi,

    To cut the long story short...my laptop`s hdd is gone with the wind (it may fail soon so windows cannot install on it).
    I have an external hdd (wd my passport) connected trough usb. I tried to open it and put it into the laptop, but as the laptop has sata connectivity, it does not fit into the laptop bay.
    So my curly mind had an idea...what if i try to install windows on the external drive? I connect it to the laptop and try to install on it.

    In bios I can see the drive, as external hdd so i guess it should be allright...or not?

    thanks guys....

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    It should be fine yep. Although slow depending on what USB version it is.

    Try it and find out

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    it`s usb 2.0...it should be ok, that`s what i thought....but i wanted to be sure....before i damage something.......thanks...

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    Run a disc check to make sure its running ok before using new hdd.

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    the disk is allright..i keept on using it as external drive, as back up. Right now i am transfering all the data on my wife`s computer and i will give it a try.... and let you know !!!

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    Whats your long term plan? If its to continue to use the USB drive then to be honest I would just buy a new drive. They are dirt cheap. Maybe even consider SSD as these have got alot cheaper recently

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    Whats your long term plan? If its to continue to use the USB drive then to be honest I would just buy a new drive. They are dirt cheap. Maybe even consider SSD as these have got alot cheaper recently
    I will just use it like that until Christmas, when Santa is going to give me a ssd. Hope so. For the moment i cannot afford to buy anything, although i would, buy i do not have the cash (long story and awkward)...

    I will let you know how it goes! i am just saving some data on me wife laptop (-ish) (samsung nc110)

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    Cool sounds like a plan. Should be fine until then. Just dont unplug it by mistake

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    Or I could give you the 60gb SATA drive I have
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    Quote Originally Posted by merikiito View Post
    Or I could give you the 60gb SATA drive I have
    i would love to take the 250 gigs right now, cuz i need it, but if you belive me i do not have the money for it! I know it`s unbelievable but i am in a rough situation. never mind.....

    as i have found out you cannot install windows on a usb drive....unfortunately....

    here is the reason...i will just have to wait till i have the cash for the drive ...
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