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Hard drive query

Go to solution Solved by Fasauceome,

Depends on what laptop, but most probably don't support booting via USB, unless you can set it in the BIOS.

could a laptop without a / with a failed hard drive use a external hard drive with windows

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Depends on what laptop, but most probably don't support booting via USB, unless you can set it in the BIOS.

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4 minutes ago, Spock_1701 said:

could a laptop without a / with a failed hard drive use a external hard drive with windows

No but you can boot ubuntu or linus using a pen drive.

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8 minutes ago, Spock_1701 said:

it does

that is how you do it if you buy it form a store

Windows 8 and higher everything else needs CD/DVD Tho it is possible threw 3rd party for at least win7.

 

Also I bought the DVD version of windows 10, because I know even tho it is lost right now, I will find it... a USB could be lost forever.

 

22 minutes ago, Spock_1701 said:

ubutn???

It's a popular Linux OS

ubuntu.com/

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14 minutes ago, Spock_1701 said:

it does

that is how you do it if you buy it form a store

No, the OS itself can not usually be booted from USB.  There were hacks for XP and 7 to make it work.

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Just now, Egg-Roll said:

Windows 8 and higher everything else needs CD/DVD Tho it is possible threw 3rd party for at least win7.

 

Also I bought the DVD version of windows 10, because I know even tho it is lost right now, I will find it... a USB could be lost forever.

 

It's a popular Linux OS

ubuntu.com/

The installer can boot from any USB device.  You can not boot a HDD with W10 installed over USB though.

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You can make a windows 10 portable installation and do this, it's not really worth the hassle. LTT did this in a recent video. Windows 10 or linux recovery sticks are worth making if you need a boo tr able recovery environment.

 

 

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4 hours ago, markr54632 said:

You can make a windows 10 portable installation and do this, it's not really worth the hassle. LTT did this in a recent video. Windows 10 or linux recovery sticks are worth making if you need a boo tr able recovery environment.

 

 

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