Can anyone answer some questions on partitioning a hard drive?

Discussion in 'General Technical' started by petamartt, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. petamartt


    Apr 23, 2010
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    hey everyone.

    im using windows vista.

    i just recently bought a 500gb western digital external hard drive. i would like to know, how can i install an operating system on the external hard drive and keep the one that's currently on my pc, i would like to use the external hard drive to keep different documents, games, applications and files on, and to randomly boot of. (so its like their are two computers.)

    also will booting of another external hard drive have any affect on my computer or current files or hard drive. one last thing, could i use the external hard drive to store flies on like i normally would. so what im asking there is that, do you have to use the whole external hard drive as an operating system, or could you sort of partition the external hard drive, so you could boot of it, but also connect it to a computer and use it like a normal usb when your not booted of it.

    sorry if this sound confusing i know a bit about computers but not too much. just ask any questions. thanks in advance.
    petamartt, Apr 23, 2010
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  2. petamartt

    Guest Guest

    You have vista, we don't expect you to know much about computers, otherwize
    you would be using ANYTHING BUT Vista!

    You cannot install an operating system on an external hard drive...
    especially not with windows

    You can run linux from a flash drive
    Guest, Apr 24, 2010
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  3. petamartt

    Guest Guest

    Windows does not support being installed on an external drive at all. There
    was a hack that allowed XP to do this but neither Vista nor Windows 7 can be
    installed to any kind or type of external drive.
    Guest, Apr 24, 2010
  4. petamartt

    Guest Guest

    Can you use Google or Bing?
    if you can, why ask a question already answered a million time s- just
    Google for an answer
    Guest, Apr 24, 2010
  5. petamartt

    Guest Guest

    You can certainly install Linux on an external drive and boot from it.
    And you can always access the data on the drive whether it's on a
    bootable partition or not - at least from Linux.
    Guest, Apr 24, 2010
  6. petamartt

    Guest Guest

    Can you import Chinese workers? If not, move to China.
    Guest, Apr 26, 2010
  7. petamartt

    Guest Guest

    "Richard G. Harper" <> ?crivait

    How about eSata? Have you tried?

    There are two eSata connectors on my PC, one on the front of the case and
    the other on a backplate. They're both connected on regular sata connectors
    on the motherboard I don't think Windows would know that the drives
    connected to those are external.

    The problem the OP would have with such installation would be activating
    both installations unless he has two licenses.

    BTW when I click on the "Safely remove" icon in the taskbar in Win7, all
    the sata hard drives(4) in my system show up for removal even internal
    Guest, Apr 28, 2010
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