Windows 10 installation on external HDD via usb?

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  1. crazyuser

    crazyuser MDL Novice

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    #1 crazyuser, Aug 28, 2016
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    Hello


    Need some help here, im tryin to instal windows 10 (boot from usb pen, ok here) into an old ide HDD, also via usb, is that possible or is a bad ideia because that HDD is old and not compatible somehow?

    Edit: received an error message, sometinhg like this, Win10 does not install on USB-based devices...:mad:

    Edit2- Trying with WinToUSB Installer

    edit3- done, go to bios, desactivate internal hdd, and boot from external usb hdd
     
  2. tablet2014

    tablet2014 MDL Novice

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    Hi usar tais programa. Aiomy partition assistent creat Windows to go end usar Windows version enterprise
     
  3. ofernandofilo

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    #4 ofernandofilo, Aug 28, 2016
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  4. crazyuser

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  5. T-S

    T-S MDL Guru

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    Or deploy win10 in a vhdx, put it in to your USB drive, install and configure the bootloader and you're done.
     
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  6. vyvojar

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    I use something similiar to T-S's - simply create a virtualmachine with desired drive as backing storage. The advantage is that stupid MS installer does not screw up boot manager on different (!) drive.

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  7. T-S

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    The advantage of my solution is that stupid MS installer isn't involved at all, hence it requires 1/3 or 1/4 of the time required by a traditional setup, even less if the setup is slowed down by the virtual environment.
     
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  8. vyvojar

    vyvojar MDL Novice

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    Depends if you want to keep original partition contents of the drive, or wipe it clean. Image copy is fast, but destructive.

    I'm mostly ignorant of MS server tools, but is there a way to just *copy* system files, and avoid the installer? I found the hard way just copying and rewriting SID/junctions in the process is pretty involved process, which is why I'd prefer some MS sanctioned way. Perhaps sysprep can do this?
     
  9. T-S

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    The native VHD method involves one single file copy

    No server tools involved.

    A vhd(x) can be created and mounted/dismounted from the disk manager (since Win 7), since win8 you can mount/dismount it by doubleclick on it and eject, just like an iso image

    To deploy an image you can use DISM /apply-image (included in windows) or the external tools imagex (command line) or Gimagex (GUI)
     
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