[HELP] Problem installing Windows 7 onto External HDD

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  1. Aced

    Aced New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm currently at a point were I'm stuck on this error "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".

    I am trying to install Win 7 onto my External 1TB Samsung M3 HDD, I want to boot Win 7 directly of the External HDD.

    Can anyone please support me or give me a bit of help. Thanks.
     
  2. Joe S

    Joe S Excellent Member

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    A lot of external USB HDs are not bootable for an OS. That is what the message is telling you.
    Joe
     
  3. Aced

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    No ways I can make the drive bootable? I want Win7 to boot from the HDD.
     
  4. Mitchell_A

    Mitchell_A Excellent Member

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    You could split your internal hard drive into 2 different partitions and install that way.
     
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    That will allow me to install Win 7 on the drive? Would u advice installing windows 7 onto the External HDD than the internal HDD?
     
  6. Joe S

    Joe S Excellent Member

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    I would advice against installing on the external drive because they frequently use lower speed drives. You realize you will need a second liscense key for this second install.
    Joe
     
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    Installing win7 on my internal now, ive created a 30GB partition. Can I install softwares such as Adobe Photoshop/GNS3/Microsoft word on my external HD so it wont use up my internal space?
     

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