Portable OS?

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  1. Fluto
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    Okay. [​IMG]
    -i have a netbook (laptop) with OS windows XP and 160 gb. [​IMG]
    -and i have an external hard drive which is 200 gb
    - my question is can i install Windows 7 on the hard drive and change the boot device on my laptop to the hard drive (so i can swich between the both XP and 7) or will it stuff up my hard drive and/or my laptop? [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Please help [​IMG]
     
  2. JohnLoco

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    Really depends on what you want to do and what kinda hardware your top has.

    Short answer: Get linux mint [​IMG]
     
  3. Pong20302000

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    you can install windows 7 on a pen drive and use that

    i did that for a laptop i had with only 8gb HDD space
     
  4. Fluto
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    lol i have one of those old hard drives (u need to plug it into the power and plug in usb [​IMG])


    so your saying yes?
     
  5. prowler

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    Yes - I believe you can.
    I found this http://www.ehow.com/how_4814278_install-wi...hard-drive.html

    But however, I don't think you would be able to actually use XP on another computer than your own without modifying the boot files.
    Only thing you would be able to do on another computer is view the files like it was any normal hard drive
     
  6. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvertâ„¢

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    If your computer can boot from USB, then yeah. It'll act like a liveCD, except with persistence (assuming you enabled that) allowing you to save files and settings like normal.
     
  7. Fluto
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    cool k ill do it
     
  8. YourHero

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    I have recently installed windows 7 home pre on my acer aspire one netbook and so far its amazing. Much faster than xp. It utilizes the ram better. I have 1.5gb installed as its max. It works damn good. I say do it. I was hesitant because I tried RC2 on it and it constantly BSOD, but none as of yet.
     
  9. Fluto
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    Holy shit [​IMG]

    thats my netbook cool now i have a greater reason to do this


    ive done it ... it works like a charm and some how faster than my normal OS
     
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