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Windows 7 on External Harddrive?

Asked by bomyne (401 points ) May 21st, 2009

I’m interested in testing out the Windows 7 RC on my computer. I’ve heard that it is surprisingly more efficent then Vista and I want to give that a try. However, I don’t want to mess up my existing Windows Vista installation. Is it possible to install Windows 7 RC to an external hard drive (Connected via USB), and is it possible to do it without effecting the internal hard drive? So that I can use my PC’s bootmanager to start Windows 7?

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The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

I suppose you could but any external drives are going to be slower than internal drives. Get ready for that. I haven’t tried a dual boot system before but you could probably configure your BIOS to boot from a different drive pretty easily.

I’ve used win 7 and while I didn’t perform any engineering benchmarks, I did notice a marked improvement over Vista.

Also expect between 2–5 hardcore Linux guys to come along to berate you for using Windows. That happens everywhere.

bomyne's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic I had expected the slowness of the USB drive. I’m not too worried about that :) All I want to do is give Win7 a try without messing up my PC’s existing set up.

I know that my bios is already configured as you stated. All I do is press F10 and it gives me a list of devices I can boot from, including CD/DVD and External drives. :)

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

I’m looking forward to it. It’ll run faster for sure.

bomyne's avatar

For the first time in years, So am I. After the disappointment of Windows Vista, and ME, and the problems I had with XP and 2000… The things I’ve heard about 7 lead me to believe that Microsoft is doing something right :D

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

I thought XP was one of the best OS’ they’d ever made.
It’s just old and done now. Microsoft needs Windows 7 to be spectacular.

bomyne's avatar

@The_Compassionate_Heretic I was actually refering to the fact that, without dos box, some of the best games ever made (Yes, I’m a retro gamer) don’t work quite right :P I agree about XP through.

tehrani625's avatar

you would be better off running win 7 inside of a virtual machine. It wouldn’t affect you existing win vista install. This is easier then messing with booting from an external drive and formatting it correctly. Although I am not really sure about the performance gains, because your virtualizing instead of booting into that OS.

I have been able to virtualize win 7 and its really good. And if anyone comes in here and says that OSX is better because it doesn’t get viruses is lying.

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