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  • Installing Vista on a USB drive

    I haven't tried it yet and was wondering if anyone else has.
    Is this supported?
    Will it be ultra slow and unusable?
    Is this a dumb idea?

    You comments and suggestions are welcome.
    Regards,
    Jeremy

    Network Consultant/Engineer
    Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
    www.gma-cpa.com

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    Re: Installing Vista on a USB drive

    I doubt very much you'll actually achieve it using existing USB drives. This is of course presuming you are talking about Flash drives.

    If you talking about a proper external drive then i can't see any reason why not. Never actually tried it.

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    • #3
      Re: Installing Vista on a USB drive

      I guess I should have specified that it's a USB HDD enclosure ATA-6 with a 60gb hard drive. I plan on trying it tomorrow.
      Regards,
      Jeremy

      Network Consultant/Engineer
      Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
      www.gma-cpa.com

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      • #4
        Re: Installing Vista on a USB drive

        Originally posted by JeremyW
        I guess I should have specified that it's a USB HDD enclosure ATA-6 with a 60gb hard drive. I plan on trying it tomorrow.

        Wasn't till i started typing that i wondered which type of drive you were talking about.

        As i said can't see you having that much of a problem actually installing and running, its the speed i'm interested in.

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        • #5
          Re: Installing Vista on a USB drive

          Originally posted by wullieb1
          its the speed i'm interested in.
          Yeah, that's what I'm wondering about. Hopefully I'll be able to speak to this tonight.

          I did some googling and it seems that people were getting the BSOD after they completed the install. Some places said it wasn't supported while others say it is and still others say you need additional drivers. Well in light of all that I'm gonna change nothing, do the install, then see what happens.
          Regards,
          Jeremy

          Network Consultant/Engineer
          Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
          www.gma-cpa.com

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          • #6
            Re: Installing Vista on a USB drive

            OK, on the install after all the files copied over and were extracted, on the reboot I got the BSOD. I did some more looking around and haven't found anything. I don't think it's worth my time right now trying to figure out how to get it to work... if it's even possible. Maybe some other time.

            I think I'll give Virtual PC a go.
            Last edited by JeremyW; 25th September 2006, 18:31.
            Regards,
            Jeremy

            Network Consultant/Engineer
            Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
            www.gma-cpa.com

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